The Weeping TimeOne 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:46pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 488196 N 3550106|
|Decimal Degrees||32.08718333, -81.12508333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 5.231', W 81° 7.505'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 5' 13.86" N, 81° 7' 30.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2053 Augusta Ave, Savannah GA 31415, US|
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