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Denmark Vesey House

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

This small frame house was the residence of Denmark Vesey (1767-1822), a free Black Charleston carpenter whose 1822 plans for a slave insurrection created mass hysteria throughout the Carolinas and beyond. Until then, owners may have feared revolts from their slaves, but thought they had little cause to expect trouble from free blacks. Able to travel around Charleston on his own, Vesey carefully selected a group of followers and planned his rebellion for July 14. A slave informant betrayed the news to his owner, and the plot was thwarted. Ultimately 313 alleged participants were arrested, 67 were convicted and 35 of those were executed. Vesey was sentenced to death on July 2, two weeks before his revolt was to have taken place. - NRHP, 11 MAy 1976

Ok, that was 1976, since then, evidence has shown that 56 Bull St was not Vesey's house, the actual house is most likely gone but it was along Bull Street at one time. - Phantom



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1821/12/00 Denmark Vesey Home Locale Denmark Vesey begins executing plans for a Slave Revolt Denmark Vesey Slave Revolt

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Particulars for Denmark Vesey House:
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Sight Category Building
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 11th May 1976

Registry Name: Vesey, Denmark, House
Registry Address: 56 Bull St.
Registry Number: 76001698
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Black
Applicable Criteria: Person
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1822
Associated People: Vesey,Denmark
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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