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Nat Turner Facts


Nat Turner was an African American slave who led an effective slave rebellion in the US. He was born circa October 2, 1800, on the Virginia Plantation of Benjamin Turner to an enslaved woman named Nancy. His grandmother was said to be transported from Ghana when she was 13 years old.

She was known as Old Bridget. His complete name was Nathaniel Turner. He claimed to have been divinely chosen to lead the rebellion. The launch of the rebellion was said to be triggered by an eruption of Mount St. Helens.


Quick Facts: –

  • His owner allowed him to be educated in writing, reading and other religious practices.
  • Turned was sold three times during his childhood and hired out to John Travis in the 1820s.
  • He deeply believed in signs and hearing divine voices.
  • Unlike other enslaved boys, he did not play any type of pranks on others and avoided mixing in society.
  • Following his father’s steps, he also escaped and returned after 30 days of hiding.
  • His mother Nancy transmitted a passionate hatred of slavery to him.
  • On August 21, 1831, he launched a campaign of total annihilation murdering his master Joseph Travis and his family.
  • Later his force grew to about 75 people. They killed approximately 60 whites.
  • Turner’s rebellion put an end to the white southern myth that cannot mount an armed revolt.
  • On October 30, 1831, He was captured and then hanged on November 11, 1831.



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