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Warehouses Used in the Slave Trade - Montgomery, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 32° 22.766 W 086° 18.659
16S E 564812 N 3582702
Quick Description: Marker describes the downtown Montgomery area use as slave warehouses during the mid 1800's.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 11:01:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMJP3C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 1

Long Description:
Commerce Street was central to the operation of Montgomery’s slave trade. Enslaved people were marched in chains up the street from the riverfront and railroad station to the slave auction site or to local slave depots. Warehouses were critical to the city’s slave trade. Slave traders confined enslaved people in warehouses until they could be sold during slave auctions. At 122 Commerce Street was a very large warehouse owned by John Murphy, who provided support to slave traders in the city and built the Murphy house on Bibb Street. The Commerce Street warehouse was used in the 1850s by slave traders like H.W. Farley, who advertised the sale of enslaved children, such as a boy “about fourteen, very likely and sprightly.” The warehouse remained in the hands of owners involved in the slave trade until the end of the Civil War.
Marker Name: Warehouses Used in the 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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