138 years of the April Uprising in 1876 Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 - Historical MuseumAlthough in Burgas at the eve of the April Uprising in 1876, there are no significant signs of national liberation movement, the Bulgarians here were also living in a revolutionary atmosphere. The population of Burgas region successfully established their will to give Bulgarian character of their churches and schools.
Even though, the Bulgarians here were living together with Greeks, Turks, Armenians and others, they did not remain aloof from the revolutionary preparation and spirit. It is only natural, knowing that the Bulgarian Black Sea ports have been channels for secret correspondence and revolutionary activists from Odessa, Central Europe, Constantinople to Lozengrad, Adrianople, Sliven, Yambol, Stara Zagora and Nova Zagora. In 1868-72, the followers of Levski created revolutionary committees in Karnobat, Aitos, Pirne, Goritsa, Kozichino. In Burgas region the most active promoters of Levski's ideas for the preparation of nationwide uprising in Bulgarian territory, were the priests Pop George in Burgas and Pop Dimitar in Karnobat and three teachers: Sava Katrafilov, Stoyan Shivachev and Pentcho Cherkovski. They were supported by the patriotic Bulgarians: Koycho Kehaya, Yani and Yasen Rusaliev and others. They were discussing plans to receive armed rebels from Russia or such trained in the country; to aggregate arms and ammunition in small ports, those plans held in tension the Turkish authorities and caused many arrests and atrocities against the Bulgarian population.