Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Marker ID:  
Location: 417 Caroline St, Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.341    W 086° 18.8
  32.37235    -86.31333333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


The Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Transatlantic Slave Trade killed millions of African people. Men, women, and children were kidnapped and taken in chains to the Americas to create wealth for Europeans. For over two centuries, enslaved black people in the United States were bartered, sold, abused exploited, tortured, and confined in involuntary servitude. An ideology of white supremacy allowed courts and political leaders to justify the enslavement of black people even though the Constitution required liberty and justice for all. In the 19th century, the Domestic Slave Trade brought over a million enslaved black people to the American South. After emancipation, more than 90 percent of all African Americans in the United States lived in the South.

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo (b. 1983)
Nkyinkyim Installation, 2018

Erected 2018 by the Equal Justice Initiative.


More Information:
Allince87 - Modern Slavery
Wikipedia - Slavery
Wikipedia - Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
Wikipedia - chain gang

End of The Transatlantic Slave Trade