Slave Insurrection of Madison

(1835) Rumors of a slave insurrection led to the lynching of numerous slaves. “Investigations”revealed that the plan was to rob and kill all whites at their homes. A “Committee of Safety”, which was comprised of thirteen men, was organized to protect the people by punishing those guilty of aiding and inciting the slaves to insurrection. Upon completion of the interrogations Ruel Blake, Sam, Weaver, Russell, Jim, Bacchus, Joshua Cotton (all white men), and many others were executed by hanging.


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