Monday, August 22

The chain reaction of evil

Please stop and remember all the men, women and children who died 180 years ago during Nat Turner's Rebellion that took place Aug. 21-22, 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia.

Also known as the Southampton Insurrection, rebel slaves killed 55-65 white people, the highest number of fatalities caused by slave uprisings in the South. The rebellion ended within 48 hours, but Turner remained in hiding until he was discovered in a hole on Oct. 30 and arrested. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death on Nov. 5, 1831 and hanged on Nov. 11 in Jerusalem, Va.

In the aftermath, the state executed 55 or 56 slaves (the state reimbursed the slaveholders for their slaves) accused of being part of the rebellion and at least 100-200 blacks were killed by militias and mobs.

Across the South, state legislatures passed new laws prohibiting education of slaves and free blacks, restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free blacks, and requiring white ministers to be present at black worship services.

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