In honor of the anniversary of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be screening the movie Nat Turner A Troublesome Property on Sunday August 21st at 7pm.
“This film is magnificent. Required viewing by all who are deeply concerned about race relations in Amereica.” – Cornel West
The movie is a critical look at the legacy and representations of Nat Turner and ‘historical’ interpretations of him and the slave rebellion of 1931. The movie is only an hour long, and there will be discussion afterwards. The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space. 2005 Barton Avenue or call 804 303 5449 for more information.
For folks who don’t know, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 56 deaths of white people. Turner was smart and also very religious. He believed he was destined to do something, and that signs pointed towards a rebellion against slavery.
Turner started with a few fellow slaves, and then went from house to house freeing slaves and killing white people. Eventually around 70 slaves and freed blacks were involved. They actually avoided attacking some homes of poor white people, thinking they had more in common with the blacks.
Turner and 56 other blacks supposedly involved were then later murdered by the state. An additional 200 or so blacks were murdered across the state as well, by mobs and militias.
October 2nd, 1800- November 11, 1831
Nat Turner was born the year of Gabriel’s attempted revolt. 31 years after Gabriel, the situation for black people in America had not changed. Abolitionists and others did not take the risks necessary to end slavery, the movement was not strong enough.
About the Film:
Nat Turner’s slave rebellion is a watershed event in America’s long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property tells the story of that violent confrontation and of the ways that story has been continuously re-told during the years since 1831. It is a film about a critical moment in American history and of the multiple ways in which that moment has since been remembered. (more…)