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Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (1315 Duke Street) E-131 | Marker History

Franklin and Armfield Slave Office (1315 Duke Street) Marker, E-131

Isaac Franklin and John Armfield leased this brick building with access to the wharves and docks in 1828 as a holding pen for enslaved people being shipped from Northern Virginia to Louisiana. They purchased the building and three lots in 1832. From this location Armfield bought bondspeople at low prices and shipped them south to his partner Franklin, in Natchez, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to be sold at higher prices. By the 1830s they often sold 1,000 people annually, operating as one of the largest slave-trading companies in the United States until 1836. Slave traders continuously owned the property until 1861.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2005
Region: Northern Virginia Region
Geographic Location: Alexandria
Physical Description of Location: 1315 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314. Located in the city of Alexandria. Follow Route 1 for 1/2 of a mile, then take a left onto Duke Street. Marker is on the right after 3 blocks.
GPS Location: 38.803752,-77.054493
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