Exclusive: Is This the Skull of Slave Rebellion Leader Nat Turner?

Oct. 13, 2016 - Is this Nat Turner's skull? The legacy of Nat Turner continues to be rewritten. An enslaved African-American preacher, he led a small army of slaves to kill 55 white Virginians beginning on August 21, 1831. The rebellion was quickly suppressed, and Turner went into hiding. He was captured just over two months later, tried, and sentenced to death. It's rumored that, in an attempt to crush his legacy, his body was decapitated and pieces of his tanned skin were given out as souvenirs. For the past decade, what's believed to be Turner's skull has been in the possession of Richard Hatcher, former mayor of Gary, Indiana. Recently, he turned it over to Turner's descendants, who have enlisted forensic experts for testing.

Read more about how the alleged skull of Nat Turner ended up in Gary, Indiana.

Watch the National Geographic documentary Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner.