Market House
County:Jefferson
City:Louisville
Type:Roadside
Slave Market, Louisville, GAJourney to Louisville (pronounced Lewis-ville), Georgia and you are in for a history lesson. Site of the Georgia state capital during the Yazoo Land Fraud (Yazoo Land Fraud timeline), the city was near the center of the antebellum cotton industry. Completely rebuilt in the center of downtown Louisville is a market house where people would sell just about anything, including slaves. It is the only remaining slave-trading site in the state of Georgia, and was the largest slave market in the state for many years.

Originally built between 1795 and 1798, the market used by sheriffs and other officials as well as local folk to sell land and goods. But the dark side of this market is the African-American slave trade that fueled the local economy. When importation of slaves became illegal in 1808 the market in Savannah closed. Smugglers had to move their goods inland for sale, and the market at Louisville was very active in the illegal trade.

The market survived General Sherman's March to the Sea (March to the Sea timeline, and portions of it have been rebuilt. A bell inside the market was cast for a New Orleans Convent, but never made it there. A pirate ship took it as booty and through an unknown series of events the bell ended up at Louisville.

Location: Downtown Louisville
Directions: Louisville is 42 miles north of I-16 on U. S. Highway 1 (exit 90).
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Date added: December 5, 2004
Last update: January 17, 2005


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