Slave Auction Re-enactment Calls For Faneuil Hall Name Change

Slave auction reenactment at Faneuil Hall

(Bill Marcus/WBZ NewsRadio1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — A re-enactment of a slave auction took place outside Faneuil Hall Saturday afternoon to protest the building’s name.

The players and activists stood outside Faneuil Hall to demonstrate the role Peter Faneuil had in the slave trade. They propose the name be changed to Crispus Attucks, a black man and the first American killed at the Boston Massacre.  

Peter Faneuil was a wealthy 18th century slave owner, according to the Associated Press. He financed the construction of the building.

“We ask our mayor, we ask our city council, we ask all those that are silent on this issue to speak up,” New Democracy Coalition organizer Barry Lawton said at the event.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Bill Marcus (@BillMarcusWBZ) reports

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