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Arsenal Beaufort

The Halls of Justice


The Halls of Justice was a place Beaufort's antebellum era residents would send their slaves.  Like a "sugar shack" it was used to season or discipline disobedient slaves.  Very few records survive detailing the actual work of the "Halls of Justice" except an exchange recounted by American hero, Robert Smalls that took place between him and his mother. 


The Hall of Justice was adjacent to the Beaufort Arsenal and served as the local prison.   It was the place of slave auctions, whippings and hangings. 





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Source Information:  Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray



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  • Beaufort Native

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