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On this date in 1822, a Denmark Vesey led slave rebellion in South Carolina that was thwarted by informants. He and others were captured, tried and executed.
The Whipping House was to the right of the jail, separated by a high brick wall and used against unruly slaves, was where the execution took place. It was destroyed by an 1886 earthquake and never rebuilt.
The Encyclopedia Britannica, Twenty-fourth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.