This event will put a face to the place where the Butler Slave Auction took place in Savannah. Long overdue.
Events for March 3, 2008
Historical Marker Dedication
March 03, 2008
Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History:
The Weeping Time
Monday, March 3, 2008
Dunn Street and Augusta Avenue, Savannah, GA
The marker text will read as follows:
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
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Leave me a message at 1-888-642-3330. I will return your call and we will get whatever is the issue resolved.. I am an old lcsw of yesteryear. Will appreciate linking up with you. I am also a student of Fanny Kemble and The Butler Plantation. Anticipating learning from you. Indeed it was "The Weeping Time"....