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The Slave Trade In Richmond

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
1. The Slave Trade In Richmond Marker
Inscription. The land around you for several blocks was the regional center for the commerce in black slaves. There were 4 main dealers each with a jail-like compound surrounded with heavy log fences. The largest and most fearsome was Lumpkin Jail - "The Devils ½ Acre" located here.

Virginia in 1778 and the United States in 1808 banned the import trade in human beings, but interstate trade continued in the south. Virginia particularly through Richmond, became the major supplier as its plantations had less and less need for large numbers of workers. Some slaves were also "rented" to iron foundries and tobacco processing factories in Richmond. The sale of "surplus" slaves, some perhaps from breeding programs, helped keep slavery profitable.

After emancipation Lumpkin Jail converted to classrooms for former slaves. Later this became the site for the first college for African Americans in the Commonwealth, now called Virginia Union University.

Sign paid for by a contribution to the James River Park Fund by students at Trinity High School
 
Erected by James River Park Fund.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 32.175′ N, 77° 25.723′ 
Lumpkin's Slave Jail archeological study site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
2. Lumpkin's Slave Jail archeological study site
W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia. Marker could be reached from East Franklin Street near North 15th Street. Click for map. This marker is located in a parking lot between E Franklin St and Broad St just east of I-95. Marker was 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 location. Lumpkin's Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Negro Burial Ground (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Execution of Gabriel (about 400 feet away); The Triangle (about 700 feet away); Richmondís African Burial Ground (about 700 feet away); Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome (about 700 feet away); Odd Fellows Hall (about 700 feet away); Reconciliation Statue (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding The Slave Trade In Richmond. This marker was replaced by a new 3-panel marker named Lumpkin's Jail (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
1. Hidden Things Brought to Light: Finding Lumpkin's Jail and Locating the Burial Ground for Negroes. Virginia Historical Society - Lectures Online (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Bridging the Gaps. The Richmond Slave Trail Commission unveils renderings for a national slavery museum in Shockoe Bottom
Lumpkin's Jail archeology study site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
3. Lumpkin's Jail archeology study site
Richmond Magazine.com, November 2009 (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Unearthing Richmondís Slave History: Lumpkinís Jail. Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Lumpkin's Jail Project. The James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USEducation
 
Lumpkin's Jail image. Click for full size.
December 24, 2009
4. Lumpkin's Jail
Lumpkin's Jail archeology study site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
5. Lumpkin's Jail archeology study site
Lumpkins Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 24, 2009
6. Lumpkins Jail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,971 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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