Richmond Slave Trail Commission meeting today

Richmond Slavery Reconciliation StatueThe Richmond Slave Trail Commission will hold a meeting today between 4-6 p.m. at the Richmond East District Initiative Building, 701 N. 25th Street. The meeting is free and open to the public and all Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Richmond Slave Trail Commission was established by Richmond City Council in 1998 and has since worked to help preserve and promote the history of slavery in Richmond.

Since its creation, the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission has worked to help preserve the history of slavery in Richmond. Over the years, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission projects have included:

  • 2003 Acquisition of Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue
  • 2006 Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment
  • 2007 Richmond International Unveiling of Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue, erected in 2007 at 15th and E. Main Streets. Included design and construction of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statute plaza and erection of the statue.
  • 2008 – 2009 Phase II Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archaeological Assessment: which included engineering and storm water engineering
  • 2008 Discovery of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail historic foundation and architectural artifacts.
  • 2009 Development of the Richmond Slave Trail Marker Program, Signage and Commemorative Site: Lumpkin’s Slave Jail
  • 2009 Development of the conceptual Richmond National Slavery Museum

NOTE: All information taken from a Richmond City Council news release


One response to “Richmond Slave Trail Commission meeting today

  1. Hope that someone able to attend the meeting mentions the Freedom Trail, that section of the mid-town to mid-river greenway, between Monroe Park & Belle Isle, linking three of the most significant remaining landmarks of Richmond’s abolitionist & free black heritage. Department of Historic Resources plaques honor the Jacob House, Parsons House, & John Miller House, where the stories of slaves breaking free help heal the tragic beginnings of African Americans. Through references by survivors of the Underground Railroad, correspondence with the nation’s founders, lawsuits & deeds, we know that the slave trail is not the end of the journey. The sacred recognition of the unimaginable suffering of slaves is linked through the Freedom Trail with celebration of the uncrushable collaboration between people of courage & vision, abolitionists & escaping slaves, & the psychological victories of free black homeowners in Richmond.

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