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New Virginia Monument Will Commemorate Nat Turner

HONOURED: Nat Turner (Photo credit: TIME Magazine)

A NEW anti-slavery monument in Virginia will commemorate slave revolt leader Nat Turner. Huff Post reports.

Turner made history in 1831 by leading the largest and bloodiest slave rebellion in American history. He will be featured along the statue’s base beside 10 other African American figures, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

However, the decision to include Turner in the memorial did spark debate among members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission. Some suggested that Turner was a murderer and underserving of the honour, while others recognised him as a hero who fought for the freedom he and others were never afforded as a slave.

“If nothing else, he’s the bravest black man in that era,” Charles Withers, a commission member from Roanoke, said according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s problematic for me as a black man in modern-day society to stand up sometimes. I can’t imagine the courage that Nat Turner had.”

The monument, which will be built on Brown’s Island in Richmond, aims to honor the end of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation

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