As the Smithsonian opens the doors to The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.—the Bible is front and center!
Nat Turner made history as leader of a violent slave rebellion in 1831 on a Virginia plantation, leaving many dead in its wake.He was on the run two months before being caught and executed. . .the insurrection ending the emancipation movement in Virginia, and resulting in harsher laws enacted against slaves.
Known as a preacher and reader of the Bible—Nat Turner’s personal biography, for many, emerges as both villain and hero. As one Smithsonian curator said: Nat Turner’s Bible displayed with Harriet Tubman’s hymnal—is a way of “suggesting that the Bible and faith...was a way of activating one’s desire to do more than what was ever expected of them to do.”