BIGGEST SLAVE AUCTION IN 1859!
Peirce Butler is autioning 430 of his slaves
430 SLAVES SOLD WHILE TEARS OF THE HEAVENS FALL HARSHLY
The biggest slave auction in the history of Savannah, Georgia started when a very boastful and untrusted man, Pierce Butler, looses all of his money because of his gambling addiction. The idea of loosing all of his money scared him, so to earn it back, he decided to sell 430 of his father's slaves. Pierce has grown up with most of his father's slaves and one declared that he had saved Pierce from drowning. The slave was very proud of his actions to quickly save the life of Butler until Butler proceeds to do an unspeakable action and breaks many promises.
Sarah Butler and Francis Butler, Pierce's two daughters, had a mother who disagreed with slavery. Because Pierce owned a huge amount of slaves, the woman wanted him to set them all free. Butler did not approve of the idea and told his wife. His wife soon left him with their daughters and went back to England. Sarah Butler, the eldest daughter, acts as if she is actually the youngest. Sarah also happens to be very attached to the slaves that Pierce owns, especially a young slave named Emma. Emma had taken care of Pierces daughters because their mother was not there, so Sarah became really close to her. Emma's mother, Mattie, knew of the slave auction and had Butler promise to not sell Emma away and he agreed. Little did she know that Butler would break his daughter's heart and break his word.
Butler had taken his two daughters to the last day of the slave auction and told Emma to go as well. Pierce did not plan on selling off Emma at first until a woman offered a large amount of money to Pierce. Butler agreed and by doing so, gave Emma away, broke Sarah's heart, and broke Mattie's trust. Through out the days of the auction, it rained and rained as if god were disappointed in Pierce's actions. On the day Emma was auctioned off, it rained the hardest. It was like the heavens were showing the emotion of Emma's family.