Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Slave Trade In Richmond
Virginia in 1778 and the United States in 1808 banned the import trade in human beings, but interstate trade continued in the south. Virginia particularly through Richmond, became the major supplier as its plantations had less and less need for large numbers of workers. Some slaves were also "rented" to iron foundries and tobacco processing factories in Richmond. The sale of "surplus" slaves, some perhaps from breeding programs, helped keep slavery profitable.
After emancipation Lumpkin Jail converted to classrooms for former slaves. Later this became the site for the first college for African Americans in the Commonwealth, now called Virginia Union University.
Sign paid for by a contribution to the James River Park Fund by students at Trinity High School
Erected by James River Park Fund.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 32.175′ N, 77° 25.723′ W. Marker Touch for map. This marker is located in a parking lot between E Franklin St and Broad St just east of I-95. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Lumpkin's Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Negro Burial Ground (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Execution of Gabriel (about 400 feet away); The Triangle (about 700 feet away); Richmondís African Burial Ground (about 700 feet away); Kahal Kadosh Beth Shalome (about 700 feet away); Odd Fellows Hall (about 700 feet away); Reconciliation Statue (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Regarding The Slave Trade In Richmond. This marker was replaced by a new 3-panel marker named Lumpkin's Jail (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Hidden Things Brought to Light: Finding Lumpkin's Jail and Locating the Burial Ground for Negroes. Virginia Historical Society - Lectures Online (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Bridging the Gaps. The Richmond Slave Trail Commission unveils renderings for a national slavery museum in Shockoe Bottom Richmond (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Unearthing Richmondís Slave History: Lumpkinís Jail. Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Lumpkin's Jail Project. The James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,992 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 28, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 6. submitted on January 4, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.