As a part of the 2016 Savannah Black Heritage Festival, a “gathering” was held at the historical marker of the “Weeping Time” last Saturday. The marker is located on Augusta Ave in West Savannah . Historian and author Vaughnette Goode-Walker delivered a compelling talk about the events of March 2nd and 3rd, 1859 when one of the largest slave sales in U.S. history took place.
Goode-Walker, assisted by Lillian Grant-Baptiste, led the audience in a “Libation Ceremony” commemorating the 426 ancestors who were sold into slavery. Flowers were placed at the marker to remember the of lives those who were sold in the Pierce Butler slave sale.
Persons included along with Festival Committee Members: Teah Jones, Ruby Hall, and Shirley James, are Ronald Williams, President, West Savannah Neighborhood Association;
2016 Festival Honorees the Honorable Edna Jackson and Vaughnette Goode-Walker; Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tanet Taharka and Story-teller Lillian Grant-Baptist.