Site of Donovan Camden & Light St. Slave Jail

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.

Joseph S. Donovan started operating his slave pen here at 13 Camden Street in 1846. This location was at the end of a rail line and near the harbor, information that he included in his advertisements as enticements to prospective sellers. Previously, he was operating from what was Austin Woolfolk's jail at Pratt Street near Cove.