How a Grad Student Uncovered the Largest Known Slave Auction in the U.S.

by Jennifer Berry Hawes, photography by Gavin McIntyre for ProPublicaJune 16, 2023, 5 a.m. EDT Lauren Davila made a stunning discovery as a graduate student at the College of Charleston: an ad for a slave auction larger than any historian had yet identified. The find yields a new understanding of the enormous harm of such a transaction. Go to story: