North Carolina marker to honor slave who killed his master

BATTLEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina are dedicating a historical marker to a slave who killed his master and the lawyer whose arguments spared him the death penalty.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the marker unveiled Saturday in Battleboro remembers the actions of the slave named Will in 1834 as “a simple act of resistance to slavery.”

Will refused to give a fellow slave a hoe he made with his own hands, so their slave owner shot Will in the back at an Edgecombe County plantation. Will then cut the slave owner on the hip with a knife and he bled to death.

The marker also honors lawyer Bartholomew Moore. He got Will’s murder charge argued down to manslaughter by saying even slaves had a right to self-defense.


Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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