270 years after the bloody Stono Slave Rebellion

Image by UGAImage by 20091004-stono.jpg After their uprising, the slaves headed south towards St. Augustine, where the Spanish had promised land.

September marked the 270th anniversary of one of the bloodiest slave rebellions that Charleston ever saw:  The 1739 Stono Slave Rebellion.

Read more stories on this subject in our slavery topic page.So intense was the rebellion that it ushered in a harsher era of slave laws, justified a practice of bringing guns to Sunday services, and left the heads of many mutineers on stakes for public display.

The Moultrie News has a good introductory account of the grim events.

Wikipedia has more information on the rebellion and connections to further reading.