He was born with several marks on his chest that family members regarded as the marks of a prophet. Having learned to read at an early age, he was considered an intellectual at the time, as it was highly frowned upon to teach slaves to read. Throughout his life, Turner would look to the Bible to better understand the reason behind the enslavement of his people. His wisdom and natural orating skills led him to become a respected preacher among the surrounding slave community. Early on, he interpreted that the Bible said that slaves should remain subservient to their earthly masters, but a series of prophetic visions changed his views. Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner airs Friday 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel. I had a vision I saw white and black spirits engaged in battle, and the sun was darkened the thunder rolled in the heavens and flowed in the streams, Gray quotes Turner as saying in “The Confessions of Nat Turner.” http://meaudreyreyes.universitypunjabi.org/2016/10/19/an-overview-of-handy-selection-process-plans/I discovered drops of blood on the corn as though it were dew from heaven. These visions convinced Turner that it was his destiny to unite black men and women, both enslaved and free, to overthrow their masters. For years he waited for a sign from God to begin the fight for freedom. On February 12, 1831, Turner saw a solar eclipse. Upon seeing this “sign,” Turner discussed his plans with four other slaves, and they set the date for July 4.
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