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Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Slave Auction Block
 
A Slave Auction Block Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
1. A Slave Auction Block Marker
 
Inscription. Legend and narrative testimonies describe this stone as a slave auction block.

From the Page News & Courier, August 31, 1961: “This native sandstone block . . . which stood at the corner of Main and Court Streets at the Chamber of Commerce building . . . was used as a perch for slaves about to be sold at auction . . . The stone is said to be one of the few now in existence.”

It is similar to many which existed in the South prior to the Civil War.

As a part of everyday life, black men, women and children would be displayed and examined on slave blocks and sold for the highest bid. Family groups were frequently sold apart; husbands from wives, mothers from children, etc.

This block is an historic symbol of a dark past of manís inhumanity toward his fellow man. It is also a symbol of how far we have come in learning to respect its victims and in resolving to go forward into the future with mutual respect and understanding.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 38° 39.823′ N, 78° 27.589′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Zerkel Street west of Campbell Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is next to the library. It is across the tracks from the railroad station, which is on South Broad Street (U.S. Route 340). Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America.
 
Auction Block and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
2. Auction Block and Marker
The railroad station, under renovation, is in the background.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Massanutten School (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); White House Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chapman-Ruffner House (approx. half a mile away); Cavalry Engagement (approx. half a mile away); Fisherís Hill and Yagerís Mill (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Heroes Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Willow Grove Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Luray.
 
Also see . . .  Luray,Virginia Slave Auction Block Event. 2003 press release. (Submitted on October 4, 2006.) 
 
Wreath Placed at Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
3. Wreath Placed at Marker
Ever since I was young, my enemies have persecuted me cruely,  |  but they have not overcome me.  |  They cut deep wounds in my back  |  and made it like a plowed field.  |  But the Lord has freed me from slavery.  |  May everyone who hates Zion be defeated and driven back. —Psalms 129: 2-5
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,437 times since then. Last updated on February 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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