Today, December 13th, marks an important anniversary in New York City. Three hundred years ago, on December 13, 1711, the City Council passed a law “that all Negro and Indian slaves that are let out to hire…be hired at the Market house at the Wall Street Slip…” This market, known as the Meal Market (because grains were sold there), was located at the foot of Wall Street on the East River. It was the city’s first slave market. Although it had been located on the shores of the East River, subsequent landfilling resulted in the site of the Slave Market now being located several blocks inland, at what is now the intersection of Wall Street and Water Street.
If you would like to sign the petition asking the Mayor to provide signage on Wall Street about the Atlantic slave trade in New York City, please go to http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-bloomberg-and-the-nyc-city-council-wall-street-signage-about-atlantic-slave-trade-in-nyc