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Four Freedom Fighters from Southampton County

Friday, February 24, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In Person | Virtual

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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.

John V. Quarstein

Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online.

In person 

Free for Museum Members.
$1 for guests.


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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Image header credit:
L-R: Nat Turner, Dred Scott, Anthony Gardiner, John ‘Fed’ Brown. Courtesy Southampton County Historical Society.

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