George was born into slavery on the winter of 1806 in Caswell, North Carolina to Kizzy and their master, Tom Moore. He was conceived when his mother was repeatedly raped by her new master after her arrival on Moore Plantation from Virginia. Even though Kizzy rejected George at first, his mother still raised him with love. George grows up not knowing Tom Moore has sired him. When George asked his mother about his father, Kizzy told him the story of his African grandfather, Kunta Knite. George started as a field hand at the fields, which he disliked; however his great personality and mimicry skills impressed Massa Moore that Massa Moore positioned George as a performer for his friends and guests at his house. Meanwhile, George started to visit to the mysterious Uncle Mingo's place, where the latter fights and trains chickens for Massa Moore.
At age 12, Massa Moore moved George from his mother's cabin to live at Uncle Mingo's to take care of Moore's chickens. Around age 14 or 15, George started to travel with Massa Moore and Mingo, where he won in his first cockfight. He earns the nickname "Chicken George" for his colorful, flamboyant personality and his amazing cock fighting skills. Although he was a ladies man, he met his future wife Matilda, a strong faithful Christian slave who once preached the gospel at freed blacks which scared them off where they were partying. Later on, they married and have children.
Chicken George, the No. #1 Cock fighterEdit
Now a successful and number one cock fighter of Caswell County, Chicken George traveled across the southern states of America with Tom Moore, winning most prize money from cockfights. Due to George's amazing skills in cockfighting, he and Master Moore became best friends.
Nat Turner's RebellionEdit
One day, after winning a match in cockfights, George had a conversion with former slave about freedom, the latter told George that being free is better than everything. On their way back home, Chicken George driving while Master Moore sleeping in the back of the wagon, were confronted by three aristocrats. They asked George if he knows about a slave named Nat Turner and threatened to kill him if he does, George replied he didn't know anything about Turner's rebellion. He was luckily saved by his master, whom the aristocrats insulted for being drunk. When they came back to the plantation, Missus Moore, scared and paranoid, fired shots at George (one of them hits George in the right arm) after she thought he killed her husband. Kizzy warns "Chicken" George that he couldn't trust Tom Moore as his friend because he is a "toubob." George says Kizzy that Massa Moore is his best friend, however it prove true when Massa Moore came to the George's family cabin with a shotgun threatened the family that if he see any rebellion from the slaves, he would shoot them then orders them retrieve everything to the Big House. This caused George to figure a way to buy freedom for his family and himself. It went back to normal after Nate Turner was caught and hanged to death.
Shocking Truth and BetrayalEdit
On his way to visit Tom Moore, Squire James sees George and his wife Maltida picking cotton. James says to George that he and Sir Eric Russell issue a challenge to Tom Moore in cockfighting and he also says that he would buy George to train other cock fighters and would gives George his freedom in five years, however Master Moore didn't let Squire James to buy George. Angered and betrayed by Tom Moore for denying his freedom, George picked up a gun from a dead remnant of Nate Turner to kill Tom Moore, but Kizzy prevented him by revealing that Tom Moore was his father. George, once again confronted his master/father, saying how could Moore deny his son's chances of being free. Master Moore replied that he has twenty others slave children besides George. When George told Moore that he wasn't fighting his chickens anymore, Master Moore threats George that he would sell George's son, Tom, or Matilda which causes George to fights his chickens for Master Moore.
Fight against Sir Russell; Heading to EnglandEdit
Before their match (which would their last match together) against Squire James and Sir Eric Russell, Master Moore promises George that he would give his freedom if they win their match against Sir Russell. Back on good terms with Tom Moore, their chickens fights Sir Russell's chickens. During break, Tom Moore betted high with $20,000 against Sir Russell, Russell accepts, however one of Tom Moore's chicken lost to Russell's chicken. Tom Moore lends Chicken George to Sir Russell in order to paid the debts. Before he heads off to England to train other cock fighters, George encouraged his family to stay strong and told the stories of the African, known as Kunta Knite, his grandfather.
Return to America as a FreedmanEdit
Chicken George came back from England only to find out that his family (excepts Kizzy) were sold off to Murray/Harvey's Plantation in Alamance County. He visit Tom Moore for one last time, Tom Moore told George that his mother, Kizzy, have passed away. Chicken George reminded Tom about the promise Tom Moore that made of George's freedom. Although Master Moore tried to persuade George to fight chickens for his father again, but Tom Moore kept his words; however in the novel, Massa Lea did not kept his words to George which caused George to outsmarted his father into drinking lot of liquor which causes him to passed out. George received his emancipation paper, then left the Moore Plantation for the search of his family.
"Chicken" George died in 1890.
- "Chicken" George was portrayed in 1977 television miniseries, Roots, by multi-talent actor, Ben Vereen, and Ave Long in 1979's Roots: The Next Generation.