Tuesday, August 21, 2012


August 21, 1831—Nat Turner begins his slave revolt in Southampton County, VA.  Turner was captured and hanged but his revolt caused fear throughout the South. State legislatures passed new laws to reinforce the ones they had already enacted, prohibiting the education of slaves and free blacks, restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free blacks, and requiring white ministers to be present at black worship services.
August 21, 1904— Jazz great William “Count” Basie is born in Red Bank, NJ. Basie was one of the world’s most popular jazz band leaders.

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