an illustrated confrontation between a mob with guns and whiskey bottles and a slave holding a pitchfork

The Stono Rebellion

In 1739, a group of enslaved people fled their plantation in the Charles Town area and headed south towards Spanish-controlled Florida. In the course of their escape, they killed about two dozen whites, burned property, and played drums as they marched southward towards their freedom. Unfortunately, an armed white militia stumbled upon them and put a bloody end to their uprising. With about 75 deaths, this rebellion was one of the bloodiest in the English colonies, and would go on to become known as the Stono Rebellion. Celebrate the courage of the escaping slavery with this poster. Stick it up in your home or your classroom and educate others about the bloody events that led us to today.