“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)

Reconciliation Statue

Richmond Slave Trail

Reconciliation Statue Marker (south panel) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 16, 2011
1. Reconciliation Statue Marker (south panel)
Inscription. Dedicated 2007 CE
Identical statues in Liverpool, England; Benin, West Africa; and Richmond, Virginia, memorialize the British, African, and American triangular trade route, now identified as the Reconciliation Triangle. Traders profited from delivering over 114,000 Africans to Virginia between the 1600’s and the American Revolution – and at least 337,800 to other North American places before 1808. The “triangle” extended between Liverpool and other large British cities, Benin and other West African kingdoms, and Virginia and other North American colonies and states. Profits from the sale of enslaved Africans, profits from the commodities they produced and the benefits of these products in Anglo-American lifestyles financed major British and North American economic development.

Richmond’s journey towards racial healing began with its first “walk through history” organized by the Elegba Folklore Society in 1993 with the marking of the historic Slave Trail. In 1999, President Mathieu Kerek of the republic of Benin convened an international gathering at which he apologized for Benin’s part in selling fellow Africans to slave traders. Also in 1999, Liverpool City Council apologized for that city’s prominent role in the trade. In 2007, Virginia’s General Assembly voted unanimously to express profound
Reconciliation Statue Marker (east panel) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 16, 2011
2. Reconciliation Statue Marker (east panel)
regret for the involuntary servitude of Africans, and called for reconciliation among all Virginians.

“Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.” - Paul Boese

Richmond Slave Trail Commission

The Honorable Reverend Delores L. McQuinn, Chairperson • Janine Y. Bell, Chairperson • Nessa Baskerville • Johnson • Reverend Benjamin P. Campbell • Charles S. Vaughan • Ralph R. White • Kennis Wooten • Dr. Philp J. Schwartz • Jennie Dotts • Reverend Sylvester L. Turner • Project Manager – Jeannie Welliver, City of Richmond • Statue Sculptor and Design – Stephen Broadbent & Faith Bebbington • Plaza and Fountain Design – Burt Pinnock, BAM Architects • General Contractor – Brooks & Co. General Contractors, Inc.

This installation made possible by the generosity and cooperation of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Richmond.

About the Trail

Designed as a walking path, the Richmond Slave Trail chronicles the history of the trade in enslaved Africans from their homeland to Virginia until 1778, and away from Virginia, especially Richmond, to other locations in the Americas until 1865. The trail begins at the Manchester Docks, which, alongside Rocketts Landing on the north side of the river, operated as a major port in the massive downriver slave trade,
Map, Atlantic Ocean, ca. 1794 image. Click for full size.
3. Map, Atlantic Ocean, ca. 1794
Carrington Bowles, Bowles New One-Sheet Chart of the Atlantic or Western Ocean (London, ca. 1794). As shown on (image reference JCB_C-6717), sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.
making Richmond the largest source of enslaved blacks on the east coast of America from 1830 to 1860. While many of the slaves were shipped on to New Orleans and to other Deep South ports, the trail follows the footsteps of those who remained here and crossed the James River, often chained together in a coffle. Once reaching the northern riverbank, the trail then follows a route through the slave markets and auction houses of Richmond, beside the Reconciliation Statue commemorating the international triangular slave trade and on to the site of the notorious Lumpkin’s Slave Jail and leading on to Richmond’s African Burial Ground, once called the Burial Ground for Negroes, and the First African Baptist Church, a center of African American life in pre-Civil War Richmond. - Richmond Slave Trail Commission – 2011 –
Title image: “After the Sale: Slaves Going South”, 1853, Painted from live by Eyre Crowe, courtesy the Chicago History Museum
Erected 2011 by Richmond Slave Trail Commission. (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 37° 32.085′ N, 77° 25.825′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and North 15th Street, on the left when traveling east on East
Reconciliation Statue at E Main St & N 15th St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 16, 2011
4. Reconciliation Statue at E Main St & N 15th St
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. The Triangle (a few steps from this marker); Odd Fellows Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Auction Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Auction Houses (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome (about 600 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.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission. (Submitted on April 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Trade Reconciliation Triangle" (Submitted on April 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
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