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Nat Turner's Knife
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Origin

Nat Turner

Type

1800's Pocket Knife

Effects

It causes African Americans to revolt and then kill European Americans.

Downsides

Death

Activation

An African American Touching It

Collected by

Dylan Striver

Section

Dark Vault

Aisle

Podium 12

Date of Collection

3-01-2014

[Source]


Origin Edit

Nat Turner's Rebellion (also known as the Southampton Insurrection) was a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, during August 1831. Led by Nat Turner, rebel slaves killed anywhere from 55 to 65 people, the highest number of fatalities caused by any slave uprising in the American South. The rebellion was put down within a few days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months afterwards. The rebellion was effectively suppressed at Belmont Plantation on the morning of August 23, 1831.

In the aftermath, there was widespread fear, and white militias organized in retaliation against slaves. The state executed 56 slaves accused of being part of the rebellion. In the frenzy, many innocent enslaved people were punished. At least 100 blacks, and possibly up to 200, were murdered by militias and mobs. Across the South, state legislatures passed new laws prohibiting education of slaves and free blacks, restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free blacks, and requiring white ministers to be present at black worship services.

Creation Event Edit

Turner eluded capture over two months. On October 30, a White farmer, Benjamin Phipps, discovered him in a hole covered with fence rails, and Turner was then arrested. A trial was quickly arranged. On November 5, 1831, Nat Turner was tried for "conspiring to rebel and making insurrection", convicted, and sentenced to death. He was hanged on November 11 in Jerusalem, Virginia. Turner's corpse was flayed, beheaded and quartered. His agonizing pain absorbed into the artifact.

Effects Edit

The effects of the knife come in three stages. The first step is activation, and it is started when the knife is held by an African American individual. This activation causes all African Americans in the area (roughly the size of three New York blocks) to revolt against European Americans. In the second stage, the revolts lead to violence and murder by the African Americans. The final step occurs upon the death of the 27th caucasian individual. The user will be hung, set on fire, and their skin will be peeled by invisible forces, mirroing the death of Nat Turner. Once the knife had been activated, the events cannot be stopped.

Storage and HandlingEdit

Stored on a cushion laced with neutralizer.

Neutralizer gloves are mandatory. Agents who have at least fifty percent African American heritage are banned from touching this artifact, as they will be affected regardless of the protective measures.

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