​November 11, 1831: Nat Turner Is Killed

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Nat Turner was hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia. His body was flayed, beheaded and quartered. He was 31.

Turner received no formal burial; his headless remains were either buried unmarked or kept for scientific use. His skull is said to have passed through many hands, last being reported in the collection of a planned civil rights museum for Gary, Indiana, despite calls for its burial.

In the aftermath of the insurrection there were 45 slaves, including Turner, and 5 free blacks tried for insurrection and related crimes in Southampton. Of the 45 slaves tried, 15 were acquitted. Of the 30 convicted, 18 were hanged, while 12 were sold out of state. Of the 5 free blacks tried for participation in the insurrection, one was hanged, while the others were acquitted.

Soon after Turner’s execution, Thomas Ruffin Gray took it upon himself to publish The Confessions of Nat Turner, derived partly from research done while Turner was in hiding and partly from jailhouse conversations with Turner before trial. This work is considered the primary historical document regarding Nat Turner.

Nat Turner slave who led a slave rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 60 white deaths.

Read more about Nat Turner’s life and legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

5 Comments

  • Floyd November 13, 2016 - 12:48 am Reply

    Nat Turner killed about 60 white people during his war against slaver, but why we refuse to report
    that over 300 Black people were killed after the Nat Turner Rebellion? In downtown Murfreeboro, NC, my wife’s home
    town, a mother and her child were riding in her buggy on main street when whites took it among themselves to
    pull the mother and child from the buggy and murdered them. Afterward numerous slave rebellion laws were implemented to discourage such freedom of speech and rebellion. The families and relative of Nat Turner had to flee the area and state for fear of retaliation. Some of his descendents are presently living in Cincinnati, OH and Winston Salem, NC.
    The tree used to hang Nat Turner and some of his followers is in the back yard of the Franklin, VA’s police department building.

  • janeyrebronte July 12, 2017 - 12:39 am Reply

    Never again, we will exercise our 2nd Amendment rights…

  • anthony russ July 12, 2017 - 1:45 am Reply

    Savage they are back in them days, and hang a slave in the blink of an eye.

    • Louise July 12, 2017 - 8:32 am Reply

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  • geron August 23, 2019 - 3:28 am Reply

    are you serious? Turners mob killed 60 humans . Over half were children. A real freedom fighter for you. An infant they missed was sent back for hacked to death with hatchets, and thrown in the fireplace out of the 60 evil whites they killed, 48 were women and children. These guys were pussies and would be instant prey in today’s gen pop.

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