The Weeping Time Commemoration

Friday, Mar 2, 2018
9:30 am - 10:45 am

On Friday, March 2, the Georgia Historical Society, along with OCEANS Inc. (Organization to Commemorate (formerly) Enslaved African American Nationals), Journey by Faith Inc., Ivory Bay CDC, and Otis J. Brock III Elementary School, will hold a commemoration of “The Weeping Time.”

On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest slave sale in recorded American history took place at the former Ten Broeck horse racecourse in west Savannah, Georgia, when 429 men, women, boys and girls from the Butler plantations near Darien and St. Simons Island, Georgia, were transported to Savannah and sold. The sale took two days during which time families were torn apart and scattered throughout the south; many never saw each other again. During the entire course of the sale it rained torrentially in Savannah, stopping only after the last enslaved person was sold. African Americans call this traumatic event the Weeping Time because, they say, God must have been weeping.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at

Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, Georgia 31415

From there, there will be a procession to

The Georgia Historical Society Weeping Time Marker
Located at the intersection of Augusta Avenue and Dunn Street in Savannah

The general public is invited. Bring your umbrella, rain or shine, for an important part of the commemoration!