Stono Institute for Freedom, Justice and Security
The Stono Institute for Democracy, Justice and Security (SIDJS) is the first human rights institution and think tank founded by African-Americans aimed at combatting existential threats—domestic and international—to Black life and liberty including, but not limited to, systematic and structural racial discrimination, violent white extremism and deadly police violence and it’s antecedents. SIDJS is named in honor of the enslaved African freedom fighters that conducted the Stono River Rebellion of 1739 against British authorities and slavocrats in colonial South Carolina. The Stono Rebellion was led by an enslaved Angolan warrior named “Jemmy.” It was largest and most successful “slave revolt” against British slavery and domination. It resulted in a ten year moratorium on the international slave trade into South Carolina and helped set the stage for the American Revolution (1775-1783). The site where the Stono Rebellion began was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.