Site of Sinners'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.

Elijah Sinners's Tammany Hall Hotel was one of the many taverns and hotels where transactions for the sale of people took place. Austin Woolfolk used this location to build up his business until he made enough money to open a slave jail at Pratt and Cove Streets (near today's MLK Blvd.) Eventually, slave trading firm Franklin & Armfield sent an agent to Baltimore, Franklin's nephew James Franklin Purvis, who started operations here in 1831. The F&A business would become the largest traders of people in the U.S., modeling Woolfolk's techniques--a network of agents, saturation advertising, and jails/pens as a holding area. Purvis became successful enough that he, too, was able to open a jail in Baltimore at Harford & Aisquith Streets.