The Montgomery Slave Trade - Montgomery, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 32° 22.766 W 086° 18.659
16S E 564812 N 3582703
Quick Description: Marker provides some history behind the enourmous slave trade that occurred in Montgomery in the 1800's. Marker located on Commerce Street near the Hank Williams Museum.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 10:33:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMJP3A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 3

Long Description:
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Montgomery had grown into one of the most prominent slave trading communities in Alabama by 1860. At the start of the Civil War, the city had a larger slave population than Mobile, New Orleans, or Natchez, Mississippi. Montgomery attracted a growing number of major slave traders whose presence dominated the city’s geography and economy. The Montgomery probate office granted at least 164 licenses to slave traders operating in the city from 1848 to 1860. Slave trader’s offices were located primarily along Commerce Street and Market Street (now Dexter Avenue). Over time, Montgomery became one of the most important and conspicuous slave trading communities in the United States. After the Alabama legislature banned free black people from residing in the state in 1833, enslavement was the only legally authorized status for African Americans in Montgomery.
Marker Name: The Montgomery Slave Trade

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Erected by the Black Heritage Council, Equal Justice Initiative and the Alabama Historical Commission.


Date Dedicated / Placed: 2013

Marker Number: Not Listed

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