This week is the anniversary of the auction that I wrote about in my book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History.The auction took place March 2-3, 1859.
Many thanks to Kristopher Munroe for his thoughtful treatment of the book and this history.
A memorial is scheduled for March 2 at 9am in Savannah, Georgia.Those attending are asked to bring umbrellas to recall the rain that fell on those fateful days the slaves called “The Weeping Time.” It is a sign of hope that a historical marker has been established at the site of the auction and a regular memorial is being held to honor those who were sold away.
I am happy to be visiting on March 22 and giving the Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture at GSU’s Armstrong Campus in the Fine Arts Auditorium at 6pm. The Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters who reenact the auction and sing Negro spirituals created in the antebellum period will be joining me. Their music has been a balm to audiences around the country. For those who are able, you are welcome to join us.
Many thanks to so many who contributed to this book in some way; who hosted me in my visits to the city and who provided behind the scenes help in the research and production.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the descendants. It is your work of restoration that I honor in this book and it is a work of restoration that I hope will inspire others to do the same.
Anne C. Bailey
IF YOU GO
Courtesy of Georgia Historical Society