The Local Take: History, Race, and Georgia HB906 with Hermina Glass Hill

Jun 13, 2020

The home still stands on the Butler Island Plantation. Enslaved sold during The Weeping Time labored here. Georgia House Bill 906 will allow for this land to be sold to investors for a brewery.

This week on WCLK's The Local Take I asked historian Hermina Glass Hill to share with us information about HB 906 which will allow the sale of a portion of historic Butler Island to investors who want to open a brewery. 

Since 2016 we've discussed The Weeping Time (the largest sale of enslaved humans ever recorded in North America) on The Local Take. The enslaved who were sold during this auction labored on the Butler Island Plantation.  I visited Butler Island during The Weeping Time Commemoration on March 7th. I honestly can't imagine anyone wanting to build a brewery there. The air is spiritually thick and if you squint you can almost see our ancestors. 

Hermina Glass Hill shared that we should write and call our local state representatives and ask them to vote against the sale of Butler Island. The Senate Committee for Natural Resources and Wildlife preservation can be be reached at 404-463-5263. 

She goes on to explain that it would be sacrilegious. This is the land where our ancestors made community in the midst of oppression. She shares that many people who live in this area are descendants including the family of Ahmaud Arbery who was shot and killed nearby in February of this year. She describes this historic spot as being on the auction block and once again being sold to the highest bidder. 

For more information please visit and join Coalition to Save Butler Island

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The Georgia Historical Marker was erected at the Butler Island Plantation in honor of the over 400 enslaved humans who worked on this site.