On the night of the rebellion (August 21, 1831), Turner and his comrades armed themselves with hatchets and killed slave master John Travis, his family and an employee who resided on the plantation. Over the course of the next two days, an estimated 75 slaves would be freed from bondage-and 60 people were believed to have been killed during the insurrection. Upon the arrival of militia forces, most of the slaves were either killed or captured. Nat Turner was able to evade capture, for the next two months, until he was eventually found on October 30th. Turner and reportedly 50 others would be found guilty and executed. It has been estimated that as many as 200 other slaves would be murdered to instill fear in any other slaves that may be considering any future revolts. Many historians have asserted that Nat Turner’s body was skinned and dismembered. His body parts were distributed to multiple slave owners across The South as trophies/souvenirs. In the aftermath, Virginia and other states would pass laws making it illegal for any Black Person to be able to read or write.
Editors Note: If you haven't seen Nate Parker's adaptation of Nat Turner story "The Birth of a Nation," then go out of your way to see it. It was an outstanding piece of work. So outstanding that it had to be suppressed. From digging up scandals from Nate Parker's past, to multiple documented cases of patrons being told that the movie was sold out and being encouraged to choose another movie, the film was left with monetary numbers that were far less than expected considering the critical acclaim won prior to its release. Buy the DVD, use the FireStick, or search online. But make sure that you see it.