Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mechanics of Slavery
Richmond Slave Trail
“The heat of these horrid places was so great and the odor so offensive that it was quite impossible to enter them, even had there been room. They were measured as above when the slaves had left them. The officers insisted that the poor suffering creatures should be admitted on deck to get air and water. This was opposed by the mate of the slaver, who, from a feeling that they deserved it, declared they would murder them all. The officers, however, persisted, and the
Notes of Brazil, 1828 and 1829
Reverend Robert Walsh
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, 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.
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 2.)
Location. 37° 31.308′ N, 77° 25.187′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Brander Street half a mile east of Maury Street. Touch 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. Despair of Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing the Atlantic (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare The Navy Yard of the Confederate States (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocketts Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creole Revolt (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Locks River Gauge (approx. ¼ mile away); Rocketts Landing and Wharf / Confederate Navy Yard / Powhatan’s Birthplace (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,130 times since then and 146 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.