He believed in divine voices and in signs from God that told him the next step he needed to take in his reform movement. He took a solar eclipse as a sign that it was time to come up and rise. On Aug. 21, 1831 Turner led one of the biggest rebellions against slavery and it led to the killing of his own owners.
Death and Legacy
After the battle in which he lost, Turner fled into the woods where he later would be caught and taken to trail. He plead not guilty and was sentenced to death by being hung. His movement inspired others to act out against slavery and it made the North's hatred of slavery even stronger. In the end, he emerged as a hero, a religious fanatic, and as a villain.