More Statues… Denmark Vesey: Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

Check out this article that appeared yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Here’s a snippet….

“There’s no likeness of him, no record of a word he wrote or said directly, no marked grave. The slave rebellion he allegedly plotted —which would’ve been the largest in U.S. history — was scotched before it happened. Some historians believe there was no plot — that the insurrection said to have called for the murder of every white in Charleston was concocted by white leaders for political advantage. What isn’t disputed: Denmark Vesey, a freed slave, was hanged in 1822 with 34 co-conspirators. ”

“So it’s hardly surprising that an attempt to erect a public monument to Vesey in Charleston has become one of the more enigmatic memorial ventures in the monument-happy South.”

For the rest of the article…see George Mason University’s History News Network:
http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/28013.html

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