Was The Devil’s Punchbowl A U.S. Concentration Camp for Black Slaves?

7 Posted by - November 23, 2016 - BLACK MEN, BLACK WOMEN, LATEST POSTS, SLAVERY


In an investigative story reported by WJTV News Channel 12 out of Jackson, Mississippi, “Mass Graves Remain in The Devil’s Punchbowl of Natchez.”

The Devil’s Punchbowl is a place located in Natchez, Mississippi where during the Civil War; authorities forced tens of thousands of freed slaves to live into concentration camps.  Westbrook adds that, “The union army did not allow them to remove the bodies from the camp. They just gave ’em shovels and said bury ’em where they drop.”

According to researcher Paula Westbrook, she researched through Adams County Sheriff’s reports from the time.

“When the slaves were released from the plantations during the occupation they overran Natchez. And the population went from about 10,000 to 120,000 overnight,” Westbrook said.

“So they decided to build an encampment for ’em at Devil’s Punchbowl which they walled off and wouldn’t let ’em out,” Don Estes, former director of the Natchez City Cemetery, said.

Estes said that history research is his life. During his studies he said he learned that Union troops ordered re-captured black men to perform hard labor. Women and children were all but left to die in the three “punchbowls”.

“Disease broke out among ’em, smallpox being the main one. And thousands and thousands died. They were begging to get out. ‘Turn me loose and I’ll go home back to the plantation! Anywhere but there’,” Estes said.


source http://www.chocolatecity.cc/2014/07/06/the-devils-punchbowl-a-u-s-concentration-camp-for-black-slaves/


  • Levian January 31, 2016 - 6:06 pm Reply

    Wow…learn something new everyday.

  • Dorothy Goldsmith September 10, 2016 - 8:52 pm Reply

    This is the place where I lost my ancestors, my great grandmothers fathers, were killed and died here, my Grandmother being a child only had stories of the horror in Natchez Mississippi, It was were told to be of Gullah or Gechee decent but my grandmother i believe was of African and American Indian Decent traveling from Florida Clarksdale Mississippi. I wish I had more information, I would love to be able to trace my ancestral roots.

  • Joel Samuels September 13, 2016 - 6:24 pm Reply

    This really accentuate’s.my long held point that blacks in this country should be duly compensated through educational reparations for starters.

  • Albert Champion September 13, 2016 - 8:24 pm Reply

    So much that was hidden from US.

  • Yeshayah Ben Yisrael October 2, 2016 - 12:27 pm Reply

    Revelation 17:5-6, 12 (KJV)
    6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
    So the “Devils Punch Bowl” as a name is no accident.
    As far as reparations and such, don’t ask for, look for, nor expect it; It’s warm milk and a pacifier, the both of which will lul you back to sleep. The Bible says….
    Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
    20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
    21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
    Be patient and be content with what you have (sometimes easier said than done,) endure to the end, keep the faith, follow his Laws statutes and commandments and your reward will be eternal. In Yahwashi Mashiac’s holy name (whom some may call Jesus the Messiah,) Ahmen.

  • Matthew Lieff October 7, 2016 - 7:25 pm Reply

    There should be an archeological dig to find out what happened. The Federal government should buy the land and pay archeologists needed to do the job. With modern technology, we should be able to find out now.

  • Jesse November 29, 2016 - 9:54 am Reply

    It’s no wonder our DNA was altered. This is trauma!

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