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Nat Turner

Enslaved African-American preacher

Died when: 31 years 40 days (373 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Nat Turner

Nat Turner's Rebellion, also known as the Southampton Insurrection, was a rebellion of enslaved Virginians that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, in August 1831.

Led by Nat Turner, the rebels killed between 55 and 65 people, at least 51 of whom were White.The rebellion was effectively suppressed within a few days, at Belmont Plantation on the morning of August 23, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months afterwards.

There was widespread fear in its aftermath, and militias organized in retaliation to the rebels.Approximately 120 enslaved people and free African Americans were killed by militias and mobs in the area.

The Commonwealth of Virginia later executed an additional 56 enslaved people accused of being part of the rebellion, including Turner himself; many Black people who had not participated were also persecuted in the frenzy.

Because Turner had been educated and literate as well as a popular preacher, state legislatures subsequently passed new laws prohibiting education of enslaved people and free Black people, restricting rights of assembly and other civil liberties for free Black people, and requiring White ministers to be present at all worship services.

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