2019 Weeping Time Commemoration

160th Anniversary

View the 2019 Images Now!Wreath Laying Ceremony + Commemoration Service

Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3, 2019

On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest slave sale in recorded American history took place at the former Ten Broeck horse racecourse in West Savannah, Georgia when 429 men, women, boys and girls from the Butler plantations near Darien and St. Simons Island, Georgia, were transported to Savannah and sold. The sale took two days during which time families were separated and scattered throughout the American south; many never saw each other again.

During the entire course of the sale, it rained torrentially in Savannah, stopping only after the last enslaved person had been sold. African Americans call this traumatic event The Weeping Time because, they say, God must have been weeping. 

Presented By:

Organization to Commemorate Enslaved African Americans: OCEANS, Inc. 
Journey by Faith, Inc.
Ivory Bay CDC
Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
Georgia Historical Society
Solomon Temple

With Special Thanks To:

Carlstedt's Wholesale Florist
Harvey Designs
The Home Depot
Belk, Inc.
Sam’s Club
Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Gail Williams, Atlanta
Mr. Brian and Mrs. Karen Fowler, Atlanta
Mr. Scott and Mrs. Araba Knoblock, Pensacola


Saturday, March 2nd

Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

1804 Stratford Street  |  Savannah, Georgia 31401


Download The Weeping Time Commemoration Programs via the link below!

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Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson  ~  OCEANS, Inc.
Ms. Selina Ruth-Gillans ~ Principal, Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

Commemoration, Clergy, Civic and Community Leaders

Acknowledging the Absent 436
Commemoration, Clergy, Civic and Community Leaders
Location: The Empty Chairs Temporary Memorial

Singing & Procession to The GHS Historical Marker
Ms. Pamela Oglesby  ~ Ivory Bay CDC
Ms. Jennifer Wright  ~ Vice Principal, Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

Bishop Willie Ferrell  ~  Royal Church of Christ
Other Clergy

Community Leaders
Ms. Pamela Oglesby ~ Ivory Bay CDC
Ms. Christy Crisp  ~  Georgia Historical Society
Dr. Otis Johnson ~ Former Mayor of Savannah

Reading Enslaved Persons' Names + Moment of Silence + Raising of Umbrellas
Ms. Karen Wortham ~ Journey By Faith, Inc. + Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson ~ OCEANS, Inc.

Wreath Laying
*Commemoration, Clergy, Civic & Community Leaders

*Following the Reading of Names, there will be a collective Moment of Silence and the Wreath Laying. We invite all in attendance to reflect on the names printed on the back of this program, and this date in history 160 years ago. Those who have flowers are free to lay them at the base of the Marker as you depart the Ceremony.

Thank You!

Sunday, March 3rd

2019 Commemoration Service
11:00 am

Solomon Temple Church Of God In Christ
2005 Augusta Avenue ~ Savannah, Georgia 31415


*Commemoration Service at Solomon Temple
Pastor Larry Gordon + First Lady Gordon
The Weeping Time Community Choir
Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson ~ OCEANS, Inc.

*Full Church Service Program is available upon request. We look forward to seeing you at this 160th Anniversary, commemorating and remembering those sold at The Weeping Time Slave Sale/Auction in Savannah, Georgia.

Thank You!