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Today In Charleston History: November 9

1799 – Slavery

The Charleston City Gazette announced that the “Thirteenth Day’s Drawing” of the East Bay Lottery was ticket #1884. The top prize was $1500. The holder of the wining ticket was a slave named Denmark Vesey, who presented the ticket to his master, Capt. Joseph Vesey. Capt. Vesey agreed to allow Denmark to purchase his freedom for $600.

vesey statue copy

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