“The Weeping Time” Commemoration


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; WCLK Clark-Atlanta University; Yahshua University Ministries and BHBP News; Sistagraphy; Lower Altamaha Historical Society; McIntosh County Historical Society; St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition; Brunswick, GA African-American Cultural Center; and Winsward of Georgia, among others, invite you to a commemoration in honor of the 429 people sold at “The Weeping Time” slave sale, which happened in Savannah, Georgia on March 2nd and 3rd, 1859. It is on record as the largest sale of enslaved persons in U.S. history. Event Dates: Friday, March 6, 2020 • A Gathering of Children at Otis J. Brock III Elementary School. Processional to The Weeping Time marker on Augusta Avenue & Dunn Street. 10:00 am. • The Weeping Time Symposium, Beach Institute, Savannah, 6pm. Saturday, March 7, 2020 • The Weeping Time Commemoration Event at Otis J. Brock III Elementary School. Empty Chairs Memorial. Wreath Laying. 10:00 a.m. • The Weeping Time Community Festival on the field adjacent to Otis J. Brock III Elementary School. 12:30- 4:00 pm • The Weeping Time Community Festival, at the Butler Island Plantation, Darien. 1:00-4:00 pm • Sunset Service Historical Marker, at the Butler Island Plantation, Darien. 6:00- 8:00 pm Sunday, March 7, 2020 • A Commemoration Service at the Solomon Temple C.O.G.I.C., 2005 Augusta Avenue, Savannah. 11:00 am • Closing Ceremony at The Weeping Time marker, Savannah. 1:00 pm 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. For more information, please visit www.oceans1.org, or contact Brenda Roberts at blynneroberts@yahoo.com, or Elyse Butler at ebutler@georgiahistory.com.

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