Archives Student Spotlight | Fayetteville History: The Market House (10.16.2014)
Written by: Bianca Monroe, Student
Edited by: Amber Covington, Archives Assistant
One of the books I read while researching the Market House was “The Story of Fayetteville” by John Oates. This book went over how the Market House was the town’s market at the time, and how goods and groceries were sold there to the public, much like what we have today. However, today we have Food Lions, Walmarts, Harris Teeters, and plenty more. Not only was the Market House a place to sell items and goods to the public, but it was also used to auction slaves.
While I was growing up as a child, my friends and I always heard that the Market House sold slaves, and that was basically it. We were mainly told this by parents I think, and sometimes even teachers. It was clear while doing my research that the Market House had more to offer, and slaves were not necessarily sold there, but they were auctioned off, usually when the owner or master had passed away, or to usually clear debt. While I was reading the text, there were many advertisements throughout the book showing how slave owners were broadcasting the auctioning of slaves.
I was very interested in “The Story of Fayetteville.” I think that it had a lot of interesting things throughout the book on the Market House. It gave me more of a clear view of the Market House, and although slavery can never be turned into a good thing, I think that the Market House was a very good example on telling me what it was like to be living in Fayetteville in the 1800’s with plenty of descriptions and visuals.
Oates, John A. The Story Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear. Charlotte, NC: The Dowd Press, 1950.
Biggs, Archie A. “[Old Market House, Hay, Green, Person & Gillespie Streets, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC.]” Photograph. 1937. From Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/ Historic American Landscapes Survey. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/nc0020.photos.314226p/ (accessed October 07, 2014).
Johnston, France Benjamin. “[Old Market House, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina.]” Photograph. c.1935-1938. From Library of Congress: Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/csas200802541/ (accessed October 07, 2014).