Vesey’s Lottery Fortune

 I’m feeling lucky today.  I’m going to take a chance and attempt to draw your attention to the historical intersection of three entirely separate but related topics: Denmark Vesey, lotteries, and Charleston’s iconic “High Battery” seawall.  I’m not an expert on the subject of Denmark Vesey, but I hope to contribute something to the conversation about the man and his times by offering some insight into the means by which he purchased his freedom at the turn of the nineteenth century.  To accomplish that goal, we’ll have to explore Charleston’s economic climate at the end of the eighteenth century.  Trust me—it’ll all make sense shortly. 

To read more about Vesey’s “fortunate number” that helped build the Battery, please follow this link to my blog’s new home:  Charleston Time Machine at