Camden introduces markers to remember its part in slave trade

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey took a step to permanently remember its part in the American slave trade.

During the Transatlantic slave trade, more than 24 million Africans were stolen from their homes and sold in the Americas. For many of them, that meant being auctioned off in Camden. 

"What we are trying to do is bring the truth from darkness and expose New Jersey to the fact that the City of Camden was a slave auction site," said Derrick Davis with the Camden County Historical Society.

Davis says they are doing just that by putting slave trade markers at three former auction blocks throughout Camden.

On Monday, they placed a marker at Federal Street and Delaware Avenue in downtown Camden.

"They'll see a particular date, an estimate of how many people were sold through this particular port. They'll read about the unspeakable horrific horror they endured during the Transatlantic slave trade, and it will speak to the fact that New Jersey was the last state to enact the Emancipation Proclamation," Davis said. 

This marker stands at the former site of the Federal Street slave port.