Friday, July 27, 2007
Today we feature a most unusual image of an auction house. The merchandise being auctioned is described by a chilling sign on the front of the establishment, "Auction and Negro Sales". The building is a slave auction house in the south. While this is a very sad picture, taken in 1864, the institution of slavery was near extinction in the US. Slavery would end in 1865 with Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Happily on this day (July 28) in the year 1868, the 14th amendment to the US constitution was passed, giving full citizenship to African Americans.