Historic Markers Across Georgia



Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History: The Weeping Time



Marker ID: GHS 25-29
Location: Near the Intersection of Dunn Street and Augusta Road
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 05.2299    W 081° 07.50126
  32.087167    -81.125017
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4EVP
Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History: The Weeping Time Marker  



Text:

One of the largest sales of enslaved persons in U.S. history took place on March 2-3, 1859, at the Ten Broeck Race Course ¼ mile southwest of here. To satisfy his creditors, Pierce M. Butler sold 436 men, women, and children from his Butler Island and Hampton plantations near Darien, Georgia. The breakup of families and the loss of home became part of African-American heritage remembered as "the weeping time." The event was reported extensively in the northern press and reaction to the sale deepened the nation´s growing sectional divide in the years immediately preceding the Civil War.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah


2007.11 25-29



 

 

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