The Vesey Revolt
A Slave Resistance In Charleston
Who was Denmark Vesey and how did he resist before his rebellion?
Portrait of Vesey
"We are free, but the white people here won't let us be so; and the only way is to raise up and fight the whites"
Painting from Black Holocaust Museum
Resistance takes an organized turn:
Primary Source: Letter from Anna Hayes Johnson in Charleston in 1822 to her cousin in North Carolina
Anna Johnson compares the Vesey Rebellion to the Haitian slave rebellion. Vesey was actually inspired by the successful Haitian Rebellion, but unlike the Haitian Rebellion, his did not succeed.
Court Testimony against Vesey by a slave
Examination of Pompey a negro man belonging to Mr Bryants
" Denmark Vesey has often spoken to me about the insurrection and endeavoured [sic] to persuade me to join them, he enquired of me if my master had not arms in his house and tried to persuade me to get them from him—the blacks stood in great fear of him and [illegible] so much so, that I always endeavoured [sic] to avoid him."