America's Domestic “Slave” Trading Routes To The Deep South
Passage of Sorrows
—Water and Land Routes to the Forks of the Road —
Professional dealers, traffickers and speculators, by purchase, by hook, crook and sometimes outright kidnapping, tore apart mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, babies, young children, relations and friends already enslaved or were so-called "free people" in the upper South. They forced-brought them to the new lower south markets such as the Forks of the Road to be sold into enslavement, yet again! The roads, trails, rivers, sea and ocean routes from the upper old South and Mid-South states that eventually led to Natchez Forks of the Road markets, this story writer calls, The Overground Railroad's Passages of Sorrow. Passages of sorrow because of the pain, agony, dehumanization and destruction caused by being torn asunder and forced-walked or shipped in the same manner as their Foreparents were from Africa to the Americas.
Many historians agree enslaved persons were driven south/southwest on the same routes, stage and mail roads, by-ways and inter-connecting rivers, creeks, streams as were used by migrants and regular travelers.
Several main interconnecting overland routes were agreed upon as follows:
A. Baltimore>>Alexandria>>Richmond hubs via Abingdon, Virginia>>Knoxville/Nashville <<>> Tuscaloosa/Montgomery >> to Natchez's Forks and beyond.
B. Richmond hub via Salisbury North
C. Kentucky via Lexington hub>>Nashville>>Natchez Trace>>to Forks and beyond.
D. Across coastal stretch from Florida via Jacksonville/St. Augustine>>Tallahassee >>Pensacola>>Mobile/Montgomery>>to Forks and beyond.
See map of probable sea, river, stream and overland trafficking routes of America's Domestic “Slave trade."
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 31° 33.365′ N, 91° 23.119′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on St. Catherine Street east of Junkin Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of St. Catherine Street (a few steps from this marker); Forks of the Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Forks of the Road Historical Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Music on St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smart-Griffin-Angelety House - 180 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues (approx. 0.2 miles away); 156-166 St. Catherine Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2018.