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2011 Beach Institute Lecture Series





“The Weeping Time:

Georgia’s Largest Slave Sale at Savannah’s Ten Broeck Course”

In 2008, the City of Savannah and Georgia Historical Society dedicated a marker in commemoration of the enslaved Africans sold during the Weeping Time. The marker is located in a City of Savannah-owned public park on Augusta Avenue and Dunn Street.


 Below is the marker inscription.


One of the largest sales of enslaved persons in U. S. history took place on March 2-3, 1859,

at the Ten Broeck Rack Course ¼ mile southwest of here.  To satisfy his creditors, Pierce M. Butler sold 436 men, women, and children from his Butler Island and Hampton Plantations near Darien, Georgia.  The breakup of families and the loss of home became part of African-American heritage remembered as “the weeping time.”  The event was reported extensively in the northern press and reaction to the sale deepened the nation’s growing sectional divide in the years immediately preceding the Civil War.

Research and documentation for the historic marker were conducted

by Dr. Martha Keber and Mr. Robert Keber.








The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc.

Presents a lecture on

The Weeping Time”


Sunday, March 6, 2011 @ 3:00 p.m.


Guest Lecturer:

Kwesi DeGrath-Hanson

Emory University

Doctorial  Candidate


Admission is free and open to the public.


Event Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta

 Sorority, Inc.,  Savannah Alumnae Chapter


Marketing Co-Sponsor: Georgia Power









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Savannah Music Festival

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

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Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Georgia Historical Society

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Savannah History Museum


King-Tisdell Cottage FoundationK


2011 Calendar of Events



Exhibits and Events                           Dates                                                          Location


FAAA-Telfair Museum Of Art                        June 25–September 5, 2011                            Beach Institute


KTCF Awards Gala                                         September 24, 2011                                        Hyatt Regency Savannah


John Dowell, Jr. Exhibit                                  September 23, 2011-February 5, 2012            Beach Institute

Telfair Museum Of Art


For more information about these upcoming exhibits and events, Please call 912-234-8000.