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“Great Negro Mart”

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This object is a card for the “Great Negro Mart”, used by Byrd Hill as his calling card. Byrd Hill owned and operated a large slave yard where a “general assortment of negroes” was available for purchase. The slave trade made significant profits for slave dealers, sales patrols, auctioneers, law officials and others who contributed to the trafficking in humans.

Although slavery is no longer legal anywhere in the world, human trafficking remains an international problem to this day and an estimated that tens of million people are enslaved today.

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“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln



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