Center for Reconciliation Hosts Author Patrick Breen Presenting his New Book, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood

September 7, 7 -8:30 pm

Synod Hall, Cathedral of St. John, 271 N. Main St., Providence

Providence College professor Dr. Patrick Breen will discuss his book, “The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt.” In the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion in Virginia, rebel slaves killed 55-65 people, the highest number of deaths caused by a slave uprising in the South. The rebellion was put down within a few days, but led to widespread fear and retaliation by whites. The state executed 56 slaves accused of being part of the rebellion, and approximately 120 slaves and free African Americans were murdered by white militias and mobs. Across the South, states passed new laws prohibiting education of African-Americans, enslaved or free, and restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free black people.

Dr. Breen will give the rough background of the Nat Turner revolt, but then tell the story of the efforts to re-establish communion in Virginia’s Baptist churches. Small group discussions will follow to examine what we can learn from the Nat Turner revolt and its aftermath. What will a successful program of reconciliation look like today? What are the failures and compromises that we could be tempted to make that might facilitate “success” in the efforts at racial reconciliation but would in the long run be a problem themselves?

The program is free. Donations to the CFR are welcome. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-center-for-reconciliation-9125265831