Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
During the 18th Century, these three places reflected one of the well-known triangles in the trade of enslaved Africans.
Men, women and children were captured in West and Central Africa and transported from Benin to other countries. They were chained, herded, loaded on ships built in England and transported through the unspeakable horrors of the Middle Passage.
They were imported and exported in Richmond, Virginia, and sold in other American cities. Their forced labor laid the economic foundation of this nation.
Erected 2007 by The Virginia Slave Trail Commission.
Location. 37° 32.094′ N, 77° 25.824′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and 15th Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reconciliation Statue (a few steps from this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Auction Site Bell Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auction Houses (about 500 feet away); The Old State Capitol (about 600 feet away); The General Assembly of Virginia (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. A clear sheet of water gently calls you from the street as it constantly flows over the face of the text on this monument, which is inscribed over a map of the world marked with the three points of this triangle.
A 16 foot bronze statue of two figures in close embrace stands in front, one figure looking down at the text. It is the last of three identical statues by Liverpool artist Stephen Broadbent to be placed as the three points of the triangle.
Regarding The Triangle. This monument marks the site of the Richmond slave market. English ships from Benin docked at the James River a few blocks away.
Also see . . . Day of Reconciliation and Commitment in Richmond, Virginia (Submitted on July 12, 2009.)
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era •
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