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Title 56 Bull Street (Denmark Vesey House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1821-22. Tradition holds that this is the residence of Denmark Vesey, leader of an aborted slave insurrection in 1822. The single story frame building with vernacular characteristics follows the scheme of "freedmen's cottages" built in postbellum Charleston but may contain an earlier structure. Vesey, a native of the West Indies brought to Charleston as a slave, purchased his freedom in 1800 with money from a lottery prize. Vesey went on to become a carpenter, which left him in good financial standing. Accused of corresponding with Santo Domingo revolutionaries and planning to burn Charleston, Vesey and 34 African Americans were hanged. Continuing documentation of this site may affirm the relationship of the front portion of the present building to Denmark Vesey.

File contains brief narrative history (HCF?); chain-of-title (1894-1976); National Register of Historic Places nomination form; memo from researcher regarding verification of house as that of Denmark Vesey (1980); newspaper articles (including 1976 DYKYC); measured floor plan; correspondence (1982) regarding the rehabilitation/restoration of the house, including "Rehabilitation Plan" (drawing); William and Mary Quarterly article "Denmark Vesey and His Co-Conspirators" by Michael P. Johnson.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Vesey, Denmark, ca. 1767-1822
Search Terms Bull Street
Harleston Village
Freedman's cottage
National Register of Historic Places
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # BULL.056.001