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Frederick Douglass
Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey
February 1818 to February 20, 1895

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was sent to work for a ship carpenter at eight years old.  On September 3, 1838, Douglass escaped slavery, fled to New York City where he married Anna Murray, a free Negro woman he met in Baltimore.  He changed his name to Frederick Douglass and they relocated to New Bedford, Massachusetts.                                                 

Douglass rose to prominence as an abolitionist, speaker, lecturer, writer, newspaper publisher and vice presidential candidate. On June 26, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed Douglass Minister Resident/Consul General, (Ambassador), to Haiti. Letter from Frederick Douglass to Secretary of State James G. Blaine, Accepting the Appointment as U.S. Minister to Haiti, 06/25/1889.  

First L: Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879, courtesy of the National Archives.  National Archives Identifier: 558770.  Local Identifier: FL-FL-22.  M: Home of Frederick Douglass, National Historic Site Cedar Hill 1411 W Street, SE Washington, DC 20020, Visitor Center, (202) 426-5961.  #R: Bedroom

Second L: #Library and desk. M: Grave of Frederick Douglass and second wife Helen Pitts Douglas. R: Grave of Helen Pitts Douglas.
#Third L: Family
M/L, M/R, R: Douglass' headstone with name of first wife Anna Murray. 

Fourth L:
  *Statue of Frederick Douglass.  M/L:  *Plaque on back of statue.  M/R, R: *History Marker, bridge, and river signs. 

Pictures taken
 May 31, 2008 and August 8, 2008. Black and white Public Domain.  
Pictures included in book: Voices for Freedom Abolitionist Heroes, Frederick Douglass - From Slavery to Statesman by Henry Elliot Pictures - pages 39, 55 and 56. *New Pictures, taken April 6, 2013.

National Park Service Ranger. The Life of Frederick Douglass.  Frederick Douglass Home. S.E. Washington, DC. May 31, 2008. Tour and discussion.

"People and Events Frederick Douglass
PBS Africans in America." pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1539.htmlWeb. 20 May 2008.

"Frederick Douglass." archives.gov/exhibits/documented-rights/exhibit/section2/detail/frederick-douglass.html, Web. 20 May 2008. 

Site Visits
Frederick Douglass Tour. S.E. Washington, DC. 31 May 2008
Gravesite. Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY. 8 Aug. 2008.
Statue of Frederick Douglass.  Easton, MD. 6 Apr. 2013.
Birth Place. Talbot County, MD. 6 Apr. 2013.
INTERRED: Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Phone:
SUBMITTED: May 31, 2008. Updated August 11, 2008 and April 6, 2013.
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Nat Turner
October 2, 1800 to November 11, 1831


Born in to slavery on October 2, 1800, Nat Turner was owned by Samuel Tucker. At age 21, he was sold to Thomas Moore. Turner, an intelligent and deeply religious man experienced visions several times throughout his life.  On May 12, 1828, in a vision from a spirit, Turner was told in part, he should rise and prepare himself to slay his enemies with their own weapons, and that he would receive a sign from the heavens. He served as a preacher, sharing his visions with slaves in Southampton and Greenville Counties, Virginia. In 1829, Thomas Moore died and Turner became the property of Joseph Travis and his new wife, Thomas Moore's former widow.

After seeing an eclipse of the sun in February of 1831, Turner planed a rebellion on July 4, against slave owners and their families.  He became ill and the uprising was postponed. On August 22, at approximately 2:00 A.M. Turner and six of his men killed Moore's family and other whites they encountered. The rebellion grew to 40 slaves, most of them on horseback.

Word of the rebellion spread, By the afternoon of August 22, Turner was met by local militia and there efforts were and repelled. Turner and his men regrouped, The next day they attempted to attack another house but was stopped. State and local militia joined in the battle. Several slaves were killed, some of them escaped including Turner. Govenor John Floyd issued a $500.00 reward for Turner's capture, Proclamation by Governor John Floyd. When the rebellion ended, 55 white people were killed or wounded. 

Turner hid in the woods and on October 30, a man out hunting found him. He was held in the county jail.  While detained, attorney Thomas Gray interviewed Turner and later wrote the book “The Confessions of Nat Turner.” On November 5, 1831, Turner was tried at Southampton County Courthouse.  He pled not guilty, was found guilty, and sentenced to death by hanging, Nat Turner's trial. Ultimately, Turner was hung, skinned, and dismembered. The remaining parts of his body were destroyed.  The state reimbursed slaveholders for the loss of their slaves.

First L: A depiction of Nat Turner's rebellion courtesy of Library of Congress. Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg. LC-USZ62-38902) cph 3a39248 R: Home of Rebecca Vaughn, last known white person killed in the uprising.  

Second L: Southampton County Courthouse, location of Nat Turner's Trial.   M. Nat Turner History Marker.   R: Nat Turner History Marker close up.

Pictures taken August 3, 2013.


Bisson, Terry ed. "Notable Black Americans of Achievement - Nat Turner Slave Revolt Leader." Grolier Inc. 1988. Print.

Gray, Thomas R. "The Confessions of Nat Turner." Lucas and Deaver. 1831. Print.

"People and Events Nat Turner
PBS Africans in America."  pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3p1518.html, Web. 4 Aug. 2013. 

Nat Turner's Rebellion." The Library of Virginia. 
lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/DeathLiberty/natturner/, Web. 4 Aug. 2013.

Nat Turner - A Troublesome Property. Dir. Charles Burnett. California Newsreel, 2002. Film.

Site Visits
Southampton Courthouse. Courtland, VA. 3 Aug. 2013.
Home of people rebelled against. Courtland, VA. 3 Aug. 2013
History Marker. Borkins, VA. 3 Aug. 2013.
INTERRED: After being hung, Turner was skinned and dismembered. The remaining parts of his body were destroyed.

SUBMITTED: January 30, 2016.
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