A Slave Auction Block

A Slave Auction Block (HM37X)

Location: Luray, VA 22835 Page County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 39.823', W 78° 27.589'

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Legend and narrative testimonies describe this stone as a slave auction block.

From the Page News & Courier, August 31, 1961: "This native sandstone block . . . which stood at the corner of Main and Court Streets at the Chamber of Commerce building . . . was used as a perch for slaves about to be sold at auction . . . The stone is said to be one of the few now in existence."

It is similar to many which existed in the South prior to the Civil War.

As a part of everyday life, black men, women and children would be displayed and examined on slave blocks and sold for the highest bid. Family groups were frequently sold apart; husbands from wives, mothers from children, etc.

This block is an historic symbol of a dark past of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man. It is also a symbol of how far we have come in learning to respect its victims and in resolving to go forward into the future with mutual respect and understanding.
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HM NumberHM37X
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Year Placed2005
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:45am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 721012 N 4282521
Decimal Degrees38.66371667, -78.45981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.823', W 78° 27.589'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 49.38" N, 78° 27' 35.34" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104-108 Zerkel St, Luray VA 22835, US
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