On This Date, Something Happened: The Burkle Estate

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 5th 2011 2198 0

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:

Historical Marker - 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, Memphis, Tenn.

Go there:

Slavehaven (the Burkle Estate)

826 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38107-2302

(901) 527-3427


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