black history month: day 10

February 10, 2010


Nat Turner, born October 2, 1800,  is a man remembered for leading a slave rebellion in the hills of Virginia.

He was an intelligent man and quite in touch with his spiritual self.

Known to fast and pray regularly, Nat became known among other slave as                                   ” The Prophet “.

Nat’s influence as not only felt by his fellow men and women, but also by a man named Ethelred T. Brantley.

It is said that Nat Turner was able to get Mr. Brantley, a white man,  to cease from his wickedness.

In 1828, Nat began to feel that he was ordained for some great purpose in the hands of the Almighty.

He came to believe that certain atmospheric conditions were to be interpreted as a sign that he should begin preparing for a rebellion against the slave owners.

On February 12, 1831, an annular solar eclipse was seen in Virginia.

Turner saw this as a black man’s hand reaching over the sun, and he took this vision as his sign.

Months later, when Nat witnessed another solar eclipse he began his rebellion in which he and other slaves slaughtered their owners and other white people.

Only, I feel that had they tried another approach they would have been more successful.


When you think of rebellion and escape.

You think of time.

Poison would have worked well because it would have given them more time to escape.

Had all the slaves in the rebellion given their masters poisoned food one night.

By morning they could have been in Canada.

Slaughtering is so loud and messy.

Poison is quiet and clean.

Happy Black History Month Nat.

Wherever you are.


2 Responses to “black history month: day 10”

  1. … it is your spoken word that is so powerful.

  2. key said

    well, thanks barry.

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