Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond Slave Trail
New York Daily Tribune, March 8, 1859 reprinted in Hart, Albert B., American History Told by Contemporaries v. 4 (19280>
“So Molly was put through her paces, and compelled to trot up and down along the stage, to go up and down the steps, and to exercise her feet in various ways, but always with the same result, the left foot would be lame. She was finally sold for $695.
Whether she really was lame or not, no one knows but herself, but it must be remembered that to a slave a lameness, or anything that decreases his market value, is a thing to be rejoiced over. A man in the prime of life, worth $1,600 [equivalent to approximately $35,200 in 2005 dollars] or thereabouts, can have little hope of ever being able, by any little savings of his own, to purchase his liberty. But, let him have a rupture, or lose a limb, or sustain any other injury that renders him of much less service to his owner, and reduces his value to $300 or $400, and he may hope to accumulate that sum, and eventually to purchase his liberty. Freedom without health is infinitely sweeter than health without freedom.
And so the Great Sale went on for two long days, during which time there were sold 429 men, women and children. There were 436 announced to be sold, but a few were detained on the plantations by sickness… The total amount of the sale foots up $308, 850.” [equivalent to approximately $6,700,000 in 2005 dollars]”
“Slave Auction, 1859,” Eye Witness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2005).
About the Trail
Designed as a walking path, the Richmond Slave Trail chronicles the history of the trade in enslaved Africans from their
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
Location. 37° 32.015′ N, 77° 25.873′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South 15th Street and East Cary Street, on the right when traveling north on South 15th 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. Slave Auction Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shockoe Slip (about 400 feet away); Triple Crossing (about 400 feet away); Burnt District (about 500 feet away); Bell Tavern (about 500 feet away); Reconciliation Statue (about 500 feet away); Kanawha Canal (about 500 feet away); Early Shockoe (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Davenport Trading Company” (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission. (Submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,413 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.