Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond Slave Trail
David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, and pre-eminent scholar of slavery and abolition.
Until this point on the trail, the accounts cited and stories told have focused on the brutal experiences of enslaved Africans exported as human cargo to foreign lands. Later accounts recite the noble courage and steely resilience of enslaved Africans in the United States who fought for their freedom in such episodes as the Creole Revolt. Features still visible in the city’s landscape recall memories of misery and coercion, but also serve as reminders of strength and devotion. The stories told along the trail as it follows the south and north sides of the river reveal the darkest shadows and the noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
Ahead, various markers along the trail describe the lives of enslaved Africans upon crossing the James River. Beyond the northern banks of the James the community of free and enslaved black people contributed considerable strength to building the capital city through
The Reconciliation Statue, an international commemoration of one of the many Transatlantic routes in the Triangular Trade of Enslaved Africans, stands in recognition of Virginia’s role in the unimaginable plight of Africans who were sold into lifelong bondage. Nearby, Robert Lumpkin’s infamous slave trading jail — the Devil’s Half Acre — has been excavated and studied by archaeologists so that people can learn about the often lucrative and dangerous domestic slave trade.
Please, walk upon this trail. Continue this journey and accept the history revealed, for it is our history. May every step lead us all to a brighter future.
About the Trail
Designed as a walking path, the Richmond Slave Trail chronicles the history of the
Title image: “After the Sale: Slaves Going South”, 1853, Painted from live by Eyre Crowe, courtesy the Chicago History Museum
Erected 2011 by Richmond
Location. 37° 31.622′ N, 77° 26.114′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Hull Street (U.S. 360) north of Manchester Road, on the left when traveling north. 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. Manchester Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayo's Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manchester Lodge No. 14 (approx. ¼ mile away); Slavery Challenged (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pipeline Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heron Rookery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kanawha Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Shockoe (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission. (Submitted on April 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
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