Remembering The Weeping Time 160 Years Later

Mar 1, 2019

Over two rainy days in Savannah, 436 people were listed for sale to pay off the debts of the man who owned them. The 1859 event, now known as the “Weeping Time,” was the largest sale of enslaved people in American history.

This weekend, the Georgia Historical Society remembers with events in coastal Georgia.

I spoke with Weeping Time historian Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson to learn more.


I asked Dr. DeGraft-Hanson about his latest discoveries as his research into the Weeping Time continues. He told me the story of an unepected possible ancestral discovery. Here's the story.

This weekend's commemorative events include a Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at Otis J. Brock Elementary School in Savannah. Then, on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Georgia Historical Society will host a historic marker unveiling on Butler Island in Darien.