Although Savannah, settled in the 1739, initially banned slavery, the city and surrounding plantations desperately needed laborers. So slaves were imported from nearby South Carolina, and in 1749, the ban was lifted. Savannah became one of three major ports of entry for West African slaves.
Researcher and tour guide Karen B. Wortham of the Slave Dwelling Project, Inc., led a small group of us to some of the city’s little-known places related to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. She recounted Savannah’s darker, gut-wrenching past and showcased the places that served the lucrative industry of human commerce.
|Savannah's River Street barracoons were holding areas for slaves newly arrived from West Africa.|
|The barracoons are built of gray Savannah bricks made by slaves whose fingerprints are sometimes found in the clay.|
Learn more about slavery in Savannah and the rich history of the church here.