Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Freedom House Museum
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
In 1828, Isaac Franklin and John Armfield formed a partnership to facilitate the interstate slave trade. Though importation of slaves was outlawed in 1808, the domestic trade flourished. As the need for slave labor in northern tobacco regions decreased in the 1820's, demand grew in the Cotton Belt. Traders took advantage of this trend, acquiring slaves who were then shipped south where they could demand a much higher price. It is estimated in the 1830s, Franklin and Armfield saw profits of more than $100,000 year from the domestic slave trade.
Franklin and Armfield began to withdraw from trading in the late 1830s and by 1858, their old slave pen operated as Price, Birch, and Co. Abandoned at the start of the Civil War, the building then served as a Union jail.
Today the building is owned by the Northern Virginia Urban
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Education • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
Location. 38° 48.366′ N, 77° 3.287′ W. Marker is in Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (Virginia Route 7) and North West Street, on the right when traveling west on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401-½ King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria, D.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); L’Ouverture Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Francis Peyton (about 600 feet away); Port City Carver School (about 700 feet away); L'Overture Hospital HQ (about 700 feet away); Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1323 Duke Street – From Slavery to Freedom and Service (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Town.
Also see . . . Freedom House Museum. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
Additional keywords. human trafficking
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.