Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Middle Passage UNESCO Site of Memory Tybee Island, Georgia Routes of Enslaved Peoples:
Resistance, Liberty and Heritage
The Middle Passage is a scar on the history of humanity. It is not a single race, religion or country's responsibility to bear; it belongs to the world. The enslavement of Africans was a global system that lasted more than 300 years. The Middle Passage was the ocean route traveled by over 12 million kidnapped Africans who were marched to the African, coast and transported to the Americas to begin their lives of enslavement. It is estimated that more than 2 million of the 12 million captive men, women, and children did not survive the 21 to 90 day voyage across the Atlantic. Each ship carried between 150 and 600 captives, and the average space allotted for each African was only 6 feet long, 16 inches wide, and 3 feet high. Daily rations, if available, were often only one liter of moldy water and rancid, bug infested food. Poor sanitary conditions, bad food, and water caused extreme illness and death. The many who did not survive the deplorable conditions and violent abuse were thrown overboard without ceremony. Their watery graves mark the Middle Passage routes along the Atlantic from the coast of Africa to the North American mainland.
Erected by Tybee Island Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
Location. 32° 1.312′ N, 80° 50.663′ W. Marker is on Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Meddin Drive north of Gulick Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Middle Passage and Tybee Island, Georgia (here, next to this marker); The Unesco Routes of Enslaved Peoples: (here, next to this marker); Tybee Island (a few steps from this marker); Henry Sims Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Loss of the HMS Otranto October 1918 (within shouting distance of this marker); H.M.S. Otranto and Fort Screven (within shouting distance of this marker); Tybee Island Wade-Ins (within shouting Tybee Island Wade-Ins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tybee Island.
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