Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Shockoe Valley
This photograph, taken in 1865 shows Shockoe Valley as it appeared from the Taylor's Hill Park overlook. Note in the distance upon the hill, Thomas Jefferson's majestically designed Virginia State Capitol Building. It houses the oldest legislative body in the United States, the Virginia General Assembly.
The Monumental Church, on Broad Street, is barely visible on the edge of the picture on the right. It is one of America's earliest and most distinctive Greek Revival churches. It was built to honor those who died in a theatre fire on that location in 1811.
Where the grove of trees is located in the right center of the photograph is the Adam Craig House, considered the second oldest structure in the city dating from 1784 to 1787. The house, currently a private residence, served as an art center from 1938 to 1941.
Shockoe Valley was the center of the domestic slave trade until 1865. The wagons in the middle of the view were lined up at Seabrook Warehouse. Behind it and to the right was one of the most notorious trading sites, Lumpkin's Jail, known as 'Hell's Half Acre.'
Erected 2011 by Larry Parker Memorial Fund.
Location. 37° 31.966′ N, 77° 25.373′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Grace Street west of North 22nd Street when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Street Burying Grounds (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); 2307 E. Broad Street (about 800 feet away); Adams-Van Lew House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate General Hospital No. 12 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Asbury (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.