Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History

Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History (HMABH)

Location: Savannah, GA 31415 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 5.231', W 81° 7.505'

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The Weeping Time

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 ? 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.
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HM NumberHMABH
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number25-29
Year Placed2008
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 488196 N 3550106
Decimal Degrees32.08718333, -81.12508333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.231', W 81° 7.505'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 13.86" N, 81° 7' 30.30" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2053 Augusta Ave, Savannah GA 31415, US
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