In 1859, one of the largest slave sales in U.S. history took place a short distance outside downtown Savannah. Remembered as “The Weeping Time,” this historical event was named not only for the families that were torn apart during this time, but also for the heavy rain that occurred throughout the two-day auction. The auction saw 436 enslaved men, women and children sold in total. The sale was heavily reported in the northern newspapers and the reaction to it further deepened the fissures opening up between North and South in the years just before the Civil War. Learn more about this historical event when you visit this park landmark.