Today in History: Nat Turner Led the First Slave Revolt.


Nat Turner

In Southampton County, Virginia, on August 21st-22nd, 1831, Nat Turner, a brilliant minister and moody slave, led the first slave revolt of magnitude.

The revolt was crushed, but only after Turner and his band had killed some sixty whites and threw the South into panic.

After hiding out, Turner was captured on October 30, 1831, and hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia, on November 11th.

Thirty other blacks were also implicated and executed.

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