Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
During the 18th Century, these three places reflected one of the well-known triangles in the trade of enslaved Africans.
Men, women and children were captured in West and Central Africa and transported from Benin to other countries. They were chained, herded, loaded on ships built in England and transported through the unspeakable horrors of the Middle Passage.
They were imported and exported in Richmond, Virginia, and sold in other American cities. Their forced labor laid the economic foundation of this nation.
Erected 2007 by The Virginia Slave Trail Commission.
Location. 37° 32.094′ N, 77° 25.824′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and 15th Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reconciliation Statue (a few steps from this marker); Odd Fellows Hall Slave Auction Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auction Houses (about 500 feet away); The Old State Capitol (about 600 feet away); The General Assembly of Virginia (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. A clear sheet of water gently calls you from the street as it constantly flows over the face of the text on this monument, which is inscribed over a map of the world marked with the three points of this triangle.
A 16 foot bronze statue of two figures in close embrace stands in front, one figure looking down at the text. It is the last of three identical statues by Liverpool artist Stephen Broadbent to be placed as the three points of the triangle.
Regarding The Triangle. This monument marks the site of the Richmond slave market. English ships from Benin docked at the James River a few blocks away.
Also see . . . Day of Reconciliation and Commitment in Richmond, Virginia. 2007 article by Rob Corcoran and photographs of the unveiling ceremony. “Audrey Brown Burton, one of Richmond’s pioneers for racial healing said afterwards, ‘I saw something I thought would never happen in this city.’ An inscription on the base of the sculpture, composed by Richmond school students, reads, ‘Acknowledge the past, embrace the present, shape a future (Submitted on July 12, 2009.)
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,037 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.