Capron, Virginia: Nat Turner: Blackhead Signpost Road

In the bloody aftermath of Nat Turner's 1831 rebellion, enslaved people were killed in retribution. One had his head chopped off and stuck on a pole at a crossroads, giving this particular road the name "Blackhead Signpost Road."

Blackhead Signpost Rd, Capron, VA
The street sign is on the northbound side of Hwy 35/Meherrin Rd at its intersection with Blackhead Signpost Rd, 3.5 miles south of Courtland or nine miles north of Boykins. Blackhead Signpost Rd extends south from this point for 4.5 miles, with more signs at its various intersections.
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Nat Turner: Blackhead Signpost Road

At a stop sign and cross-street on historic Blackhead Signpost Rd.

[Sarah Danford, 08/22/2019]

Nat Turner, a slave, led a slave revolt in 1831 that didn't extend very far, but nevertheless resulted in the murders of scores of whites. As was the case in all slave revolts, whites exacted revenge that was even worse. Some slaves had their heads chopped off and stuck on poles along roads in the area, as a warning against any further rebellion. One of those roads still carries the name, "Blackhead Signpost Road." Unlike most grisly urban legends, this story is unfortunately true.

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