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“The Weeping Time,” was the largest single sale of slaves in the nation’s history. It took place in Savannah in 1859, and today, it is remembered only by a lone marker in a tiny park, a quarter mile away from where the sale happened.
If the Civil War was fought to maintain the economic power unpaid slave labor produced for the region, then it was waged over the very people who lived in these three cabins more than 160 years ago: enslaved African-Americans who grew Sea Island cotton for wealthy Georgia planters.
As Southerners debate how to commemorate our past, the story of slavery often gets overlooked. This is the story of one of Georgia's few remaining slave cabins, and the two women -- one black, one white -- who joined to save it.
All their lives the two women have heard talk of Southern heritage. But ever since a white kid young enough to be their grandson wrapped himself in the memory of the battle flag and snuffed out nine black lives in a Charleston church, it seemed the talk had turned to a screech. Legacy and racism. Pride and hate. Heritage and slavery.
And so, as the South Carolina troopers lowered the battle flag, rolled it into a tidy coil and tied it with string, the two women stood together in the cabin in the Sautee Nacoochee valley and marveled at what they’d done. Working together over the course of 15 years they had saved this speck of antebellum history and heritage. It is one of the last surviving slave dwellings in Georgia.