The site where the 1739 slave uprising known as the Stono Rebellion began…and where, perhaps ironically, Black farmers 230 years later set up an agricultural distribution center, will become a history park. According to the Post & Courier, it’s a project of the Lowcountry Land Trust and Lacuna Corp with help from the Charleston County Greenbelt Program.
To read the P&C article CLICK HERE Non-subscribers may encounter a paywall.
Did you know what is now called the Stono Rebellion was the largest slave uprising in America prior to the American Revolution?
“Early on the morning of Sunday, September 9, 1739, twenty black Carolinians met near the Stono River, approximately twenty miles southwest of Charleston. At Stono’s bridge, they took guns and powder from Hutcheson’s store and killed the two storekeepers they found there. “With cries of ‘Liberty’ and beating of drums,” historian Peter H. Wood writes in the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, “the rebels raised a standard and headed south toward Spanish St. Augustine…Along the road they gathered black recruits, burned houses, and killed white opponents, sparing one innkeeper who was ‘kind to his slaves.’” To read more from the Library of Congress CLICK HERE
The Stono Rebellion was sometimes known as Hutchinson’s Rebellion….check out this video from PBS