On the night of 21-22 August 1831, Nat Turner, a slave preacher, began an insurrection some seven miles west with a band that grew to about 70. They moved northeast toward the Southampton County seat, Jerusalem (now Courtland), killing about 60 whites. After two days militiamen and armed civilians quelled the revolt. Turner was captured on 30 October, tried and convicted, and hanged on 11 November; some 30 blacks were hanged or expelled from Virginia. In response to the revolt, the General Assembly passed harsher slave laws and censored abolitionists.
Geographic Location: Southampton County
Physical Description of Location: Meherrin Road (Virginia 35), about .8 miles north of junction with Old Branchville Road (State Route 666), Boykins, VA 23827. Marker is just south of intersection with Cross Keys Road.
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