Fork of the Road – Negro Trafficking Site –
In the 1850’s
At the sight of the Fork of the Road was a low squatty frame building, used during the winter months to house the Negroes who were brought to the location from Kentucky and Virginia by traders who did business, more or less intensively, not only here but throughout the South and especially in the cotton districts. The house had a triangular piece of ground attached to it which was used as a parade or exhibition grounds.
It was common for the newspapers of the era to have ads such as the one from the Mississippi Free Trader & Natchez Gazette 1-15-1851. ""Fresh Arrival of Fifty Negroes. I have just received a lot of Fifty Negroes, direct from
Although the structures are no longer there, you can still see the site; relive some of the history of this phase of