Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Stono Rebellion (1739)

Marker ID: SCHM 10-48
Location: Located on US 17 North of Hwy 162.
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 47.115    W 080° 08.835
  32.78525    -80.14725
Style: Free Standing **


The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave insurrection in British North America, began nearby on Sept. 9, 1739. About 20 Africans raided a store near Wallace Creek, a branch of the Stono River. Taking guns and other weapons, they killed two shop-keepers. The rebels marched south toward promised freedom in Spanish Florida, waving flags, beating drums, and shouting "Liberty!"

The rebels were joined by 40 to 60 more during their 15-mile march. They killed at least 20 whites, but spared others. The rebellion ended when the militia caught the rebels, killing at least 34 of them. Most who escaped were captured and executed; any forced to join the rebels were released. The S.C. assembly soon enacted a harsh slave code, in force until 1865.

Erected by the Sea Island Farmers Cooperative-2006.


More information:
Wikipedia - Stono Rebellion
PBS - The Stono Rebellion