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[TX] Purchased Lives, Exhibit, background
Museum exhibit with experts helps explain the stories behind the stories.
If your African-Texan ancestors go back more than a few generations, some of them passed through New Orleans.
New Orleans was the richest and busiest slave port in America, and it operated the biggest slave market.
If your African-American ancestors go back more than a few generations in Texas, some of them almost assuredly passed through New Orleans.
“New Orleans was the richest and busiest slave port in America,” says LaToya Devezin, community archivist at the Austin History Center and a native New Orleanian. “And it operated the biggest slave market.”
In fact, that city on the Mississippi River supported multiple marketplaces hosting regular slave auctions. Especially in the period after 1808, when federal law banned the Atlantic slave trade in the United States.
From that point on, almost all American sales and purchases of humans as property were made on the domestic market, and New Orleans was the hub.
That is why so much of “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865” — on view in the upstairs rotunda galleries at the Bullock Texas State History Museum through July 9 — examines the New Orleans scene. Look closer at the enlarged maps, pictures of buildings, ships and railroads, broadsides about sales and manifests, and the New Orleans connections are easy to see.
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