“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Manchester Slave Docks

Manchester Slave Dock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 24, 2010
1. Manchester Slave Dock Marker
Inscription. In the late 1700s, newly captured Africans walked this route from the docks to the slave jails near 15th and Franklin Streets. Chained at the neck and legs, they were marched at night to avoid offending citizens with their oozing sores, filth and stench from the slave ships.

From the 1820’s to the Civil War this route was walked the other direction. Richmond shipped “Surplus” slaves to markets like New Orleans for resale to huge sugar cane and cotton plantations. The purposeful breeding and sale of humans became an important part of plantation economics in Virginia.

You can walk this forgotten path of pain. It is about 3 miles round trip. There are usually restrooms and drink machines on Mayo Island the ½ way point.

Sign donated by contributions to the James River Park Fund from St. Catherine’s Middle School.
Erected by St. Catherine’s Middle School.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 31.277′ N, 77° 25.141′ W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia. Marker could be reached from Brander Street 0.6 miles east of Maury Street. Click for map. This marker is located on the south bank of the James River in the
Site of the Manchester Slave Docks Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 24, 2010
2. Site of the Manchester Slave Docks
Ancarrow’s Landing section of the James River Park System. Marker was in this post office area: Richmond VA 23224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crossing the Atlantic (here, next to this marker); People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare (a few steps from this marker); Mechanics of Slavery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Despair of Slavery (about 500 feet away); Rocketts Landing (about 700 feet away); The Navy Yard of the Confederate States (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Army Enters Richmond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creole Revolt (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Regarding Manchester Slave Docks. This marker was replaced by a new one named Crossing the Atlantic (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .  Richmond's Slave Trail. Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (Submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
Start of the Richmond Slave Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 24, 2010
3. Start of the Richmond Slave Trail
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,674 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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