Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The canal was dug by black African slaves ans white Irish immigrants. Water came into the canal at the Manchester Dam (¼ mile to your left along the Floodwall Walk) and once returned to the river at a point now just below the I-95 bridge (you can see it along the Slave Trail)but now ends about ½ mile to your right along the Floodwall Walk where the power lines cross the river.
Pictured above is the Dunlop Mills building. It was located across the street from where you are standing. Through the 1800s industries in Manchester drew water power from the canal.
In the 1700's the land around you was a grassy field called the Manchester Green. It was a periodic gathering place for farmers to trade livestock and had a ferry service of row boats and rafts to access the tiny town of Richmond across the river. It is interesting to note that the land along the canal to your left is once again in public
Sign funded by Bridging Boundaries International
Erected by Bridging Boundaries International.
Location. 37° 31.588′ N, 77° 26.143′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Hull Street Road (U.S. 360) near East 1st Street. Click for map. Marker is 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 marker. Transitions (within shouting distance of this marker); Manchester Lodge No. 14 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayo's Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Slavery Challenged (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heron Rookery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pipeline Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kanawha Canal (approx. half a mile away); Early Shockoe (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a picture of "Dunlop Mills"
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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