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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Slave Market

 
 
The Slave Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
1. The Slave Market Marker
Inscription. After the abolition of international slave trading in 1808, dealers transported slaves from all over the South into Mobile. On this site, Africans were sold as chattel to southern planters through public auction. Between auctions, a three-story holding facility housed the slaves until they were displayed and sold. In an attempt to make this inhumane and abhorrent aspect of slavery less conspicuous, the City banned slave depots from the downtown area. A developing rail system eventually made Montgomery, Alabama, the principal slave market. However, planters who sold cotton in Mobile continued to buy and sell slaves in this City.
 
Erected 2009 by The African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.
 
Location. 30° 41.702′ N, 88° 2.525′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on North Royal Street 0.1 miles from St Anthony Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 North Royal Street, Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Slave Markets (within shouting distance of this marker); Mobile City Limits (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Sixth Mobile Theatre
View of marker near Alabama Power facility. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
2. View of marker near Alabama Power facility.
Another slave marker is around the corner.
(about 400 feet away); McGowin-Lyons (about 500 feet away); John Forbes & Co. (about 700 feet away); Merchants National Bank Building (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Mobile City Limits (about 700 feet away); Joe Cain (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Loyola University paper on slavery in Mobile. Unlocking the Closet of Secrets: Slavery in the City of Mobile, Alabama (Submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
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View up North Royal Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
3. View up North Royal Street.
View downtown on North Royal Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 25, 2015
4. View downtown on North Royal Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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