Historic Markers Across Alabama

Warehouses Used in the Slave Trade

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: on Commerce Street near the Hank Williams Museum, Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.766    W 086° 18.659
  32.37943333    -86.31098333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJP3C


Commerce Street was central to the operation of Montgomery's slave trade. Enslaved people were marched in chains up the street from the riverfront and railroad station to the slave auction site or to local slave depots. Warehouses were critical to the city's slave trade. Slave traders confined enslaved people in warehouses until they could be sold during slave auctions. At 122 Commerce Street was a very large warehouse owned by John Murphy, who provided support to slave traders in the city and built the Murphy house on Bibb Street. The Commerce Street warehouse was used in the 1850s by slave traders like H.W. Farley, who advertised the sale of enslaved children, such as a boy"about fourteen, very likely and sprightly.” The warehouse remained in the hands of owners involved in the slave trade until the end of the Civil War.

Erected by the Black Heritage Council, Equal Justice Initiative and the Alabama Historical Commission.

End of Warehouses Used in the Slave Trade