Born into slavery on October 2, 1800, on a Southampton County plantation, Nat Turner was most known for leading the only effective, sustaining slave rebellion in U.S. History.
His first slave owner, Benjamin Turner allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing and religion. His mother, Nancy would constantly encourage him and tell him he was intended for some great purpose. One reason for that being because he could describe things that happened before he was even born, which led his family to believe that he was a prophet.
Growing up turner worked on a number of plantations but remained a very religious man who often read the Bible, fasted and prayed. He believed he had a very special connection with God, who would often give him visions and send him signs on what would be happening soon in his life. Around February 1831 he claimed that God revealed to him he had been chosen to lead slaves from bondage and that the time had come to take action against slave owners and their families.
On August 21, 1831 Turner and his