>The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation is located in the historic Vendue House, an original public building on Bay Street, dates back to the 1760’s. A pair of Corinthian columns flank the doorway to the house. The building has been used as a market from which commodities were sold – including humans. It has also been home to the telegraph and telephone department, and later the electricity department. In recent years it was converted into the Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation. The museum is named for Pompey, a slave who led a revolt against unfair condition on the Rolle Plantation on the island of Exuma, and is dedicated to the study of slavery. When you first enter the building, it feels as if you have been transported back several centuries – and if you close your eyes and listen, you can almost hear the voice of the auctioneer as he begins the slave auction, and imperceptibly, your nose wrinkles up at the imagined smell of hot, sweaty human flesh waiting their turn on the auctioneer’s block.
Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Locals $ 2.00 and Children 6-12 $1.00, Children 5 and under Free
Location: Bay Street, in front of George Street