SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The city-commissioned study claims the proposed location of a new transitional home in West Savannah is not linked to The Weeping Time slave auction.
The city of Savannah asked Brockington and Associates to perform the study and it has completed phase 1. The study states The Weeping Time auction and Ten Broeck Racetrack were not located on the Bartow Tract in 1859. The tract is located on 2305 Augusta Avenue.
“Our chain of title and historical research indicated that the project tract was not associated with the Weeping Time,” the study reads. “The project tract was a legally separate piece of property in March 1859 and historical records do not indicate a functional linkage between the project tract property and the adjacent racecourse (the documented location of the Weeping Time) until at least 1864, but more definitely after 1871.”
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The report claims the property where the transitional home is proposed to sit, was owned by Soloman Goodall in 1859. Charles A. L. Lamar owned the tract where The Weeping Time and Ten Broeck Racetrack were. The Weeping Time auction was the largest slave auction in United States history. The auction took place in 1859 on March 2 and 3.
Major Paul Egan of the Savannah Salvation Army acknowledges the horrific history near the proposed building site, and wants to work with the city to help honor it accordingly.
“The Salvation Army has constantly been talking about our hope for a win-win, and this gives us that chance. That we’re able to see that the property is not the Weeping Time but if there’s something that we can do and tie together to make note of that, I think it does well for the Salvation Army and it does well for this community,” said Egan.
A local group, the Weeping Time Coalition, has begun its own study to connect the properties. The group said it reviewed books, public records and maps that prove the property is on shared land with The Weeping time auction.
“We leave ourselves open for a tedious legal process and whatever efforts that are available, they will be used. Whatever non-violent efforts are available to use, we will pursue them,” said Pastor Larry Gordon of Solomon’s Temple Church of God in Christ.
Brockington and Associates said it has submitted the report to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources so state archaeologists can examine and review the study. It’s expected that it could take up to 30 days to complete the review.