Slave Trail ceremony postponed a week, despite group’s protest

Walk the Richmond Slave TrailThe ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail has been postponed a week due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four (true), but when I saw the rest of this in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke:

A local activist group criticized the delay of a ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail because of the NCAA basketball tournament, an event Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Gov. Bob McDonnell are attending in Houston to cheer on Virginia Commonwealth University.

“In light of the city’s inexcusable postponement of Sunday’s ceremony honoring sites associated with Richmond’s dominant role in the U.S. slave trade, the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality have informed the city’s Slave Trail Commission that we will no longer be participating in this event,” the group announced Thursday.

The ceremony was rescheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. April 10 at the Lumpkin’s slave jail archeological site in Shockoe Bottom. The Defenders, however, are calling on the community to hold its own independent event 3 p.m. this Sunday — Richmond’s Emancipation Day — at the burial ground.

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2 responses to “Slave Trail ceremony postponed a week, despite group’s protest

  1. Or they can have it their way and have a ceremony which no one in the city will be paying attention to this weekend. It seems like postponing it would be in their favor. We made a slave trail sign in class at VCU a few years ago as a project, our grand unveiling involved about 6 undergrads in the pouring ran digging holes and pouring cement. If anyone else had been willing to grace us with their presence I would have been more than willing to postpone to have them come out.

  2. Pingback: Richmond Slave Trail Emancipation Celebration Sunday | James River News Hub

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