Recalling “The Weeping Time”

The Savannah Morning News published an account recalling the tragic and terrible mass sale of 429 enslaved people in 1859. The sale, labeled “The Weeping Time” by African Americans, it is remembered as the largest auction of humans in the history of Georgia. Pierce Butler, a rice planter of great wealth, sold them and in the process shattered families with members of all ages.
The event and memory of it is the subject of an excellent book by Anne C. Bailey, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (2017).

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