Friday 12 February 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Nat Turner and the Annular Eclipse

Nat Turner

The black slave preacher Nat Turner witnessed an annular eclipse of the Sun on February 12th 1831.

It was seen as a vision from God of a “black angel” overtaking a “white angel”. Turner saw another astronomical spectacle a naked eye sunspot on August 12th 1831. This all fuelled the possibility of a black slave rebellion. 

The rebellion itself began on August 21st 1831 but was quickly crushed and Turner was hanged on November 11th 1831.

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