Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Manchester & Free Bridges
The day after the Free Bridge opened, thousands crowded onto it to watch the Reverend John Jasper conduct a large group-baptism ceremony in the river.
For years, the only James River crossing for pedestrians and vehicles was Mayo’s toll bridge, at 14th Street. Richmond’s first “free” bridge was built east of here in 1873. Today’s Manchester Bridge, built in 1972, includes a legally mandated free walkway.
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
Location. 37° 32.028′ N, 77° 26.488′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from South 7th Street near Tredegar Street. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk on Brown's Island. 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. Brown’s Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Albemarle Paper (within shouting distance of this marker); Electricity for Streetcars (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brown’s Island R&P Railroad Piers (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Laboratory (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Jasper (about 400 feet away); Canal Walk / Historic Canals (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.