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Franklin and Southampton County are a statistical region in Central Virginia made up by Franklin, an independent city in Central Virginia with around 8,500 citizens, and Southampton County is a county just short of 20,000 citizens.


  • Franklin
  • Boykins
  • Branchville
  • Capron
  • Courtland, the county seat
  • Ivor
  • Newsoms


Some of the most famous fugitives from slavery were born in this county.

  • John Brown (c.1810 – 1876, not to be confused with the namesake abolitionist) is known for his 1855 memoir Slave Life in Georgia: A Narrative of the Life, Sufferings, and Escape of John Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Now in England.
  • Anthony W. Gardiner became the ninth President of Liberia
  • Dred Scott was subject to the Dredd Scott decision.
  • Nat Turner led the Nat Turner rebellion.

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