January, 1833: Slave traders Isaac Franklin of Tennessee and John Armfield of Virginia rent property for a slave market at Forks of the Road, located just outside Natchez

More than 1,000 enslaved people were sent annually from Alexandria to their Natchez and New Orleans markets to meet the demand in Mississippi and surrounding states.  Slave trading continued until 1863 when Natchez was occupied by Union troops.

Today, the historic intersection, with its familiar “Y” configuration, remains to mark the location of the once-flourishing slave markets at the Forks of the Road.

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