Remnants of Augusta's old Slave Trading Post
A few stories surround this pillar, the one I grew up with :
This is the last remaining structure of an 18th century slave trading market. in Augusta, Ga. Growing up here, I heard stories that this pillar had been cursed. Anyone who made an attempt to remove it has met with dire circumstances and sometimes death.
The story that surrounds this pillar, centers on a family brought from Africa during the transatlantic slave trade. Each member of the family was sold one by one from the steps of this post to different masters , never to be together again. Pained, distraught, and full of vengence - the mother then set a curse upon this pillar.
To this day, it stands both as a reminder of Augusta's past and a statement to current superstition and respect to that old story.
From wikipedia : The Haunted Pillar is all that remains of a farmer's market that once stood at Fifth and Broad Streets in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The market stood from 1830 until February 7, 1878, when it was destroyed in a tornado.
According to local legend an attempt to move, destroy the pillar, or even touch it will result in death.
According to one story, a preacher who was denied the right to preach there, "... threatened that a great wind would destroy the place except for one pillar and that whoever tried to remove this remaining pillar would be struck dead," according to a person interviewed by The Augusta Chronicle .
Wikipedia may be the more accurate source, but it seems like any old remnant from history, that many legends have evolved around this artifact.