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Re: List of Butler Island slaves sold in 1859

Savannah leaders commemorate
anniversary of the weeping time

Until fairly recently, the sale of 436 enslaved men, women, and children in West Savannah during early March of 1859 was an obscure incident of American history.

Now this tragic occasion is solemnly recalled as the Weeping Time, and approximately 100 diverse community members joined Savannah leaders on Saturday, March 7, to honor victims of the slave sale on the grounds where it occurred, in a grassy field beside Otis J. Brock Elementary School.

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Slavery's sad legacy epitomized in 'The Weeping Time'

The white man appraised the black woman with detached indifference to the clear signs of humanity which shone back at him in her somber dark eyes.

Coarse in his actions, he poked and prodded her at will. She stood compliant as he pried her mouth open for a better look at her teeth.

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the anniversary of this somber event in just passed.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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