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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:54pm

The Hidden History Of "The Weeping Time"

Updated: 3 months ago.
More than 400 enslaved people were sold in the largest slave auction in U.S. history, known as "The Weeping Time."
The largest slave auction in U.S. history took place in 1859 in Savannah. Photo Credit: LaSalle University digital archive

Just before the Civil War, hundreds of enslaved people were brought to Savannah from the Butler Plantations in South Georgia to be sold.
During two days in March of 1859, more than 400 people were sold to slave owners from across the Southeast, in the largest recorded slave auction in the United States.
Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson is a landscape architect in Atlanta, and an independent researcher with a special interest in the two days known as "The Weeping Time."
DeGraft-Hanson visited GPB Savannah and spoke with Sarah McCammon.

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