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for The State Vol. 4 Issue 12, Aug 1936
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In 1831 an interesting historical event took place in Duplin and Sampson Counties, when African American slaves attempted an insurrection. At the time, the slave population greatly outnumbered the free African Americans. The leader of the conspiracy was a slave by the name of Dave, who belonged to Colonel Thomas Kenan Morisey, an influential planter of large holdings. Despite the attempted insurrection, plans were thwarted as a result of a family of free African Americans, who warned their neighbors of Dave's plans.
Murphy continues his series of articles about North Carolinians who achieved political success at the local and national level in other states, including Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Idaho, and Louisiana.
This article describes Marshall, county seat of Madison County, as one of the state's most unique towns. The town is located on the French Broad River. On one side is the business section of the town--stores, courthouse, hotel and other buildings--all backing up to a steep mountain. Most of the town residents live on the steep slope. On the other side of the river is the high school building. The whole town exists on a one-mile strip of level ground hardly more than one hundred yards wide.