Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8, 2020

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.

The general public is cordially invited to participate in all these celebrations! Please bring an umbrella, rain or shine, for an important part of the ceremonies.

Presented By:

Organization to Commemorate Enslaved African American Nationals, Inc.
Ivory Bay CDC
West Savannah Residents
Journey by Faith, Inc.
Georgia Historical Society
Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
Solomon Temple C.O.G.I.C.
Overcoming by Faith Church Ministries
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
WCLK 91.9: Clark-Atlanta University
Yahshua University Ministries
Lower Altamaha Historical Society
McIntosh County Historical Society
St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition
Brunswick, Georgia African-American Cultural Center
Winsward Georgia

and others!

View videos of the interviews from the various television stations and entities below!

WSAV NBC Channel 3: Savannah

WTOC Channel 11


Friday, March 6th


A Gathering of Children

Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

1804 Stratford Street  |  Savannah, Georgia 31401

Processional will be made to the marker of The Weeping Time on Augusta Avenue and Dunn Street.


The Weeping Time Symposium

Beach Institute

Saturday, March 7th


The Weeping Time Commemoration Event

Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

1804 Stratford Street  |  Savannah, Georgia 31401

The Empty Chairs Memorial Wreath Laying will also take place during this special event.

12:30pm - 4:00pm

The Weeping Time Festival

On the Field adjacent to Otis J. Brock III Elementary School

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunset Service

Historical Marker: Butler Island Plantation

Darien, Georgia

Sunday, March 8th


Commemoration Service

Solomon Temple Church Of God In Christ (C.O.G.I.C.)

2005 Augusta Avenue  |  Savannah, Georgia 31401


Closing Ceremony

The Weeping Time Marker

Augusta Avenue & Dunn Street  |  Savannah, Georgia 31401

For more information, please contact Brenda Roberts at or Elyse Butler at today.

We look forward to seeing you!