Nat Turner was hanged to death on 11 Oct 1831. #NatTurner
was the leader of a bloody slave revolt in Southampton County, #Virginia
. Turner, a #slave
and educated #minister
, believed that he was chosen by God to lead his people out of #slavery
. On August 21, 1831, he initiated his slave uprising by slaughtering Joseph Travis, his slave owner, and Travis' family. With 7 followers, Turner set off across the countryside, hoping to rally 100s of slaves to join his insurrection.
Turner planned to capture the county armory at Jerusalem, Virginia, and then march 30 miles to Dismal Swamp, where his rebels would be able to elude their pursuers.
During the next 3 days and nights, Turner and 75 followers rampaged through #Southampton
County, killing about 60 whites. Local whites resisted the rebels, and then the state militia--consisting of some 3,000 men--crushed the rebellion. Only a few miles from #Jerusalem
, Turner and all his followers were dispersed, captured, or killed. In the aftermath of the #rebellion
, scores of #AfricanAmericans
were lynched, though many of them had not participated in the revolt. Turner himself was not captured until the end of October, and after confessing without regret to his role in the bloodshed, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. On November 11 1831, he was hanged to death. The incident ended the #emancipation
movement in that region and led to even harsher laws against slaves.
Turner's rebellion was the largest slave revolt in U.S. history and led to a new wave of oppressive legislation prohibiting the movement, assembly, and education of slaves.
Born on October 2, 1800, in Southampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner made history as the leader of one of the bloodiest #slaverevolts
in America. He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner, who allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing, and religion. His mother was named Nancy, but nothing is known about his father.
As a small child, Turner was thought to have some special talent because he could describe things that happened before he was even born. Some even remarked that he "surely would be a prophet"
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