Site of Donovan Camden 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 opened a slave jail here in 1858. It was located at the SW corner of Eutaw and Camden Streets, behind today's Babe Ruth Statue that now stands next to Camden Station. The convenient location next to a train station was an asset he could advertise to sellers. In the photo of Camden Station, there is a walled enclosure in the right-foreground. This is the likely location of the Donovan Jail. Since this photo was taken in the early 20th century, it is conceivable that it is the actual jail repurposed for another use, but that is conjecture.

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