On This Date, Something Happened: The Burkle Estate
Since this year is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, I’ve got another Civil War-themed historical marker for you.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Burkle Estate:
“In the years immediately preceding the Civil War, Jacob Burkle operated the Memphis Stockyards on this site. Herdsmen seeking shelter and respite at Chelsea House found the stockyards a convenient custody station for their livestock. Folklore persists, however, that the estate was also a haven for slaves escaping to freedom on the underground railroad.”
Currently, the Burkle Estate – which, by modern standards, doesn’t seem impressive enough to be an estate – is the Slavehaven Museum, which focuses on the history of slavery and the undergound railroad in Memphis.
Slavehaven (the Burkle Estate)