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#OTD in 1831, enslaved people rose up against slaveholders in Southampton County, Virginia. Led by Nat Turner, rebels moved from plantation to plantation, murdering roughly 55 whites and rallying enslaved people to their cause. They planned to move on to Jerusalem, Virginia, seize supplies, and then make a permanent home in the Great Dismal Swamp. By August 23, the rebels had been defeated. More than 200 black men and women, both enslaved and free, were executed. #APeoplesJourney
📸: "Nat Turner & his Confederates in Conference," 1880, Courtesy New York Public Library.