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.)
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 Highway. Touch for map. It is at the Northumberland Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Heathsville VA 22473, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Northumberland County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Northumberland Courthouse Square St. Stephen’s Parish (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Heath (approx. half a mile away); Northumberland House and Mantua (approx. 1.4 miles away); British Raids on the Coan River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Coan Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 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 his slaves was as much an economic decision as it was an ethical one. As early as the 1770s, he and his wife had deduced that there were easier ways (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.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.