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In this drawing, Nathaniel "Nat" Turner (1800-1831) is leading a mob of slaves armed with farm tools. In August 1831, in Southampton County, Virginia, Turner, a slave, led a rebellion that resulted in many deaths. Turner, who could read and write, conducted Baptist services for fellow slaves. Many, including himself, felt he was a prophet. He said that God, through a solar eclipse, told him to lead the revolt.The uprising led to the deaths of many people, both black and white, including those accused of mobilizing the uprising. In the rebellion's aftermath , education of slaves was greatly restricted, as well as their ability to gather and assemble.

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