Dangerous to Pray After the Nat Turner Rebellion

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4/23/20231 min read

It might be dangerous to pray in the wake of Nat Turner's rebellion.

A former slave, Charity Bowery, recalled: “The brightest and best men were killed in Nat's time. Such ones are always suspected. All the colored folks were afraid to pray, in the time of the Old Prophet Nat.”