Former Slave Market to be Removed from Georgia City After 225 Years

Old Market House
Credit: HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

A former market that was once used to trade enslaved people is being removed from a Georgia city after 225 years.

The Louisville City Council on Tuesday held a meeting where they voted to relocate the Old Market House from the center of the small town, according to ABC affiliate WJBF.

The structure, which was built in Georgia’s first capital around 1795, was used as a “slave market” where enslaved people were sold alongside farm equipment, land and other household goods, according to state historical archives.

It is currently listed as a present-day monument on Georgia’s National Register of Historic Places, the state historical archives note.

Though a vote was made on Tuesday, the final decision is now pending litigation and a plan on what to do with the building, WJBF reported.

“We’re trying our best to do what’s right here,” Mayor Larry Morgan said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, according to the outlet.

There have been various opinions on what to do with the historical structure ever since the proposal for removal was first made.

In July, the Old Market House advisory committee — made up of 14 people, including Louisville’s Mayor, City Manager and council members — initially voted on a removal proposal, WJBF reported.

A total of 70 letters were collected, with 42 of those voting to remove the Market House, and 16 others voting to keep the structure where it is. The final 12 had varying opinions on what to do with the building, suggesting it become a museum or a fountain, according to the outlet.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein