Denmark Vesey House

56 Bull St., Charleston, South Carolina


Denmark Vesey House, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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This small frame house was the residence of Denmark Vesey (1767-1822), a free Black Charleston carpenter whose 1822 plans for a slave insurrection created mass hysteria throughout the Carolinas and beyond. Until then, owners may have feared revolts from their slaves, but thought they had little cause to expect trouble from free blacks. Able to travel around Charleston on his own, Vesey carefully selected a group of followers and planned his rebellion for July 14. A slave informant betrayed the news to his owner, and the plot was thwarted. Ultimately 313 alleged participants were arrested, 67 were convicted and 35 of those were executed. Vesey was sentenced to death on July 2, two weeks before his revolt was to have taken place.. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 11, 1976

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Vesey, Denmark, House
Area of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

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  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 14, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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