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Slave Trading In Louisville / Garrison Slave Pen Site

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Slave Trading In Louisville Marker
Inscription.
Slave Trading In Louisville
By the 1850s, Kentucky was annually exporting between 2500 and 4000 of its slaves down river to the large plantations further south. To prevent runaways, traders operating near the Ohio River kept slaves shackled together in pens when not being displayed to buyers. Slave traders were often social outcasts avoided by all but fellow traders.

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Garrison Slave Pen Site
Matthew Garrison was a well known Kentucky slave speculator in the Deep South. A white abolitionist leader, Rev. Calvin Fairbank, wrote in 1851 that four slave markets, including Garrisonís and Arterburnís, sold men, women, and children ”like sheep.” Slavery abolished by 13th Amendment, 1865.

Presented by Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee, Inc.
 
Erected 1990 by Kentucky Historical Society ∑ Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1996.)
 
Location. 38° 15.367′ N, 85° 45.191′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of S 2nd Street and W Main Street, on the right when traveling north on S 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. Garrison Slave Pen Site Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Galt House (a few steps from this marker); Birth of Truth In Advertising (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Louisville Slugger Bat (about 500 feet away); Second African Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Slavery Laws In Old Kentucky/Site of Arterburn Brothers Slave Pens (about 800 feet away); Evan Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thelma French Schneider (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kentucky Fugitives to Canada (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
Slave Trading In Louisville / Garrison Slave Pen Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
3. Slave Trading In Louisville / Garrison Slave Pen Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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