Heathsville in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Freedom for Slaves of Robert Carter III
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-73.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 5, 1791.
Location. 37° 55.056′ N, 76° 28.343′ W. Marker is in Heathsville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Northumberland Highway (U.S. 360) and Judicial Place, on the right when traveling east on Northumberland Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Heathsville VA 22473, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I Memorial (here, next to this marker); Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Korean and Vietnam Wars Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Northumberland County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Northumberland Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Northumberland County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Stephen’s Parish (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Heathsville.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Robert Carter III. “Carter scandalized neighbors further by joining Morattico Baptist Church, a mixed congregation of white and black, free and slave. Carter knew he risked persecution, for Eleazar Clay, another wealthy man, had his life threatened after conversion, and during the three weeks preceding his own baptism Carter attended two different services that were attacked by armed mobs which included Revolutionary War veterans.” (Submitted on November 6, 2016.)
2. The Abolitionist That Time Forgot. NPR story about Robert Carter III and his biographer Andrew Levy. “Carter was neither a romantic or idealist; in fact, his decision to emancipate (Submitted on November 6, 2016.)
3. Virginia Lawyer article providing additional details. The date the marker was installed (September 10, 2016) is mentioned at the beginning of the article (Submitted on February 24, 2017, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.