John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
Southampton County, Virginia, was home to four men who took radically different paths seeking freedom. Nat Turner led the bloodiest slave revolt in American history, whereas Dred Scott endeavored to find his freedom via the legal approach. Anthony Gardiner left Southampton County for Liberia, later becoming that nation’s president. John ‘Fed’ Brown became a fugitive, eventually reaching England, where he wrote A Narrative of a Slave’s Life in Georgia, one of several books published before the Civil War detailing the evils of slavery.
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L-R: Nat Turner, Dred Scott, Anthony Gardiner, John ‘Fed’ Brown. Courtesy Southampton County Historical Society.