Site of Barnum's Hotel

Site where the business of slavery once took place.

While nothing remains to indicate what once transpired here, we pinpoint this location to memorialize the victims of enslavement in America.

James Bates was one of the traders of people who operated out of Barnum’s City Hotel located on Fayette Street between Calvert & St. Paul Streets. It was common to see advertisements for the sale of people in which interested buyers could meet the seller at a specific hotel or tavern. Barnum's was a common meeting place. Also, Lewis F. Scott, one of the most prolific dealers in human flesh, operated his General Slave Agency* from the basement level of the hotel for a period in the 1840s.

* See also entry on General Intelligence Office.

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126 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202