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Horrid Massacre in Virginia
Original Author: Unknown
Created: 1831
Medium: Woodcut

Horrid Massacre in Virginia

A woodcut depicts scenes from the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County in 1831. A key at bottom describes events during the short-lived insurrection. On the upper panel of the illustration, from left to right, a mother pleads for her children; two enslaved men kill their white master; and a husband fends off attack so that his wife and child can escape. On the lower panel of the illustration, mounted soldiers chase the rebels. This foldout woodcut served as the frontispiece for a book by Samuel Warner, Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks! (1831).

Citation: Authentic and Impartial Narrative of the Tragical Scene Which was Witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia) on Monday the 22d of August Last, When Fifty-five of its Inhabitants (mostly women and children) were inhumanly Massacred by the Blacks!  A 1831 .W377. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

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