Robey's Slave Pen and Tavern

Title

Robey's Slave Pen and Tavern

Description

Robey's slave pen, like its neighbor at the Yellow House, was a holding pen for slaves intended for auction. Brought in from surrounding areas, the slaves were subjected to brutal conditions before their sale and were marched through the streets of Washington in coffles. A high wall between 14 and 15 feet high surrounded the grounds to keep slaves and other prisoners in. Pens like this one operated until 1850, when the federal government abolished the slave trade in the District.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1850 (Prohibited)

Coverage

Physical Description

Tavern and slave pen, smaller than a city block.

Description

Robey's slave pen, like its neighbor at the Yellow House, was a holding pen for slaves intended for auction. Brought in from surrounding areas, the slaves were subjected to brutal conditions before their sale and were marched through the streets of Washington in coffles. A high wall between 14 and 15 feet high surrounded the grounds to keep slaves and other prisoners in. Pens like this one operated until 1850, when the federal government abolished the slave trade in the District.

Date

1850 (Prohibited)

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.