Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Manchester Slave Docks
From the 1820’s to the Civil War this route was walked the other direction. Richmond shipped “Surplus” slaves to markets like New Orleans for resale to huge sugar cane and cotton plantations. The purposeful breeding and sale of humans became an important part of plantation economics in Virginia.
You can walk this forgotten path of pain. It is about 3 miles round trip. There are usually restrooms and drink machines on Mayo Island the ½ way point.
Sign donated by contributions to the James River Park Fund from St. Catherine’s Middle School.
Erected by St. Catherine’s Middle School.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 31.277′ N, 77° 25.141′ W. Marker is in Richmond Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crossing the Atlantic (here, next to this marker); People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare (a few steps from this marker); Up-River Venture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mechanics of Slavery (about 300 feet away); Atlantic Sturgeon (about 400 feet away); Despair of Slavery (about 500 feet away); Ancarrow's Landing (about 500 feet away); Rocketts Landing (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Regarding Manchester Slave Docks. This marker was replaced by a new one named Crossing the Atlantic (see nearby markers).
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 10,622 times since then and 1,031 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.