The Registry

Thu, 07.04.1776 story

The Antebellum South In America, a story

*On this date 1776, the Antebellum South is briefly described.  The Antebellum South (also known as the antebellum era or plantation era) was a period in the history of the Southern United States of America from the late 18th century until the start of the American Civil War in 1861. This period in the South’s history was marked by the economic growth of the region, largely due […]

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Thu, 11.10.1831 story

Nat Turner Confesses to Leading a Slave Uprising

On this date in 1831, Nat Turner confessed to his leadership in the famous uprising in Virginia.

Nathaniel Turner was a Black slave who started the largest slave rebellion in the antebellum southern United States, in Southampton County, VA. The rebellion was controversial partly because of his methodical slaughter of white civilians during the uprising. In the slave uprising he orchestrated, 55 whites were killed.

Turner gave in detail the hows and whys of his actions of August 21, 1831 two months later, on this date.


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Wed, 10.18.1882 story

The Chanteys, Work Songs With African Roots

This date’s Registry looks at the origins of the Chanteys in 1882. A Chantey is a style of choral singing associated with black slave labor in the early United States.

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Sun, 05.29.1785 story

Black History and American Architecture, a story

On this date, we celebrate African American architecture. Blacks have been involved in building and architecture since the colonial era of America.

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Fri, 07.12.1776 story

Gabriel Prosser, Abolitionist born

The birth of Gabriel Prosser in 1776 is remembered on this date. He was a Black abolitionist.

A slave child, Gabriel was born to the family owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of the Brookfield Plantation in Henrico County, Virginia. Viewed as a “man of courage and intellect above his rank and life,” Prosser was a imposing figure. He was dark-skinned and stood 6 feet, 2 or 3 inches tall. He had lost two front teeth and his head was scarred. Unlike many slaves, he had been educated in his youth, and became a blacksmith, which gave him access to life beyond the plantation.

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Sat, 08.26.1600 story

The Gullah Language of African America, a story

This date celebrates Gullah, an African American language, mainly spoken along the Southeastern coast of the United States, especially on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina.

The word is also used for people who speak the language. Ancestors of people who were brought from West Africa to the West Indies and to America as slaves speak Gullah today. The language merges elements from a number of West African languages with elements from English.

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Thu, 10.04.1877 story

Nicodemus, Kansas is Founded

On this date in 1877, the Registry celebrates the town of Nicodemus, Kansas, a brief haven for many Blacks from the old confederacy long before southern Blacks migrated to the industries of the north.

Established during Reconstruction, Nicodemus, Kansas, was the first primarily Black rural settlement after slavery ended. The town was named for a legendary slave who foretold the coming of the Civil War. On April 16 of that year, a circular predicted Nicodemus would become the “Largest Colored Colony in America.” In June, W. R.

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Mon, 10.23.1600 story

Black History, and American Art, a story

On this date, the Registry examines African American art—-painting, carving, graphic arts, and crafts created by people of African descent in the United States and influenced by African and African American culture.

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Sat, 12.09.1848 story

Joel Chandler Harris, Writer born

On this date in 1848, Joel Chandler Harris was born. He was a White American writer, the creator of the “Uncle Remus” tales.

Born in Eatonton, GA, Harris worked from 1862 to 1866 on The Countryman, a paper published by a Southern plantation owner. For the next ten years, Harris worked on various newspapers in Georgia and Louisiana; in 1876 he began working at the Atlanta Constitution, where he stayed until 1900. Over time Harris became familiar with the legends and dialects of local Blacks.

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Thu, 07.12.1787 story

The “Three-Fifths Compromise” in America, a story

On this date in 1787, the Three-fifths Compromise was enacted. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that year accepted a plan determining a state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ironic that it was a liberal northern delegate, James Wilson of Pennsylvania, who proposed the Three-Fifths Compromise, as a way to gain southern support for a new framework of government.

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