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Artifacts of Nat Turner
Transcript of Artifacts of Nat Turner
Nat Turner's Skull
After Nat Turner's Revolt, Nat Turner was hanged and beheaded. His head was carted away for study, to find exactly what had inspired the man's great intelligence. The answers never came, and Turner's skull disappeared, reaching Gary, Indiana in 2003. It is now put on display in the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame; a close site to where Turner led his rebellion.
Nat Turner's Hanging Site
Nat Turner was hanged on November 11th, 1831 in Jerusalem, Virginia, the county seat. His body was beheaded, skinned and dissected. The body was buried unmarked. Nat Turner's skin was made into a change purse.
Nat Turner's Bible
Nat Turner was a deeply religious man. He believed god had chosen him to avenge the sins of slavery, and preached this belief to other slaves. He also had many visions before the rebellion. His Bible was temporarily on display at the National Museum of American History, Washington DC. in February of 2013.
The Confessions of Nat Turner
While Turner was imprisoned, Turner confessed to his white interviewer, William Styron that he was the one who was inspired to lead a slave uprising and destroy the white race because of his belief and vision in gods message. William Styron then wrote a life story on Nat Turner, taking his side in the event. Many believe Styron was truly sympathetic to at Turner in this novel, and believed the story was a fabrication.
Victim of Nat Turner's Rebellion
This house, photographed in 2006, was one of the houses Turner and his slaves attacked during the rebellion in 1831. This was the house of Rebecca Vaughan, the daughter of Martha and Arthur Foster, and widow of Thomas Vaughan. When Turner broke into the house, Rebecca, her two sons and niece were at home. Turner took all the children outside, and killed them. Ms. Vaughan went upstairs to pray, and Turner shot her on her knees while she prayed.
Nat Turner Video