May 9th: Nat Turner

10 May

Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 56 deaths of white people. Turner was smart and also very religious. He believed he was destined to do something, and that signs pointed towards a rebellion against slavery.

Turner started with a few fellow slaves, and then went from house to house freeing slaves and killing white people. Eventually around 70 slaves and freed blacks were involved. They actually avoided attacking some homes of poor white people, thinking they had more in common with the blacks.

Turner and 56 other blacks supposedly involved were then later murdered by the state. An additional 200 or so blacks were murdered across the state as well, by mobs and militias.

October 2nd, 1800- November 11, 1831

Nat Turner was born the year of Gabriel’s attempted revolt. 31 years after Gabriel, the situation for black people in America had not changed. Abolitionists and others did not take the risks necessary to end slavery, the movement was not strong enough. Again, someone directly affected by the oppression took it upon themselves to act. Allies and people acting in solidarity with oppressed people are something that NEEDS to happen. When slaves revolt, others should revolt with them. We can not leave our comrades alone and isolated.

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