The ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail was postponed from last weekend to this weekend, due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four and that all the city dignitaries were in Houston for the game. Despite the prostests from the activist group Defenders for Freedom Justice & Equality and a bit of complaining from the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Michael Paul Williams, the ceremony will happen Sunday. From the Friends of James River Park:
Sunday, April 10th 3-5 p.m. Emancipation Celebration & Unveiling of the Richmond Slave Trail Markers. Join the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, led by Delegate Delores McQuinn, and Governor Robert F. McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and members of Richmond City Council for this important step forward along this remarkable, historic path that includes sections of the James River Park System. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m at 17 sites along the trail. Main ceremony is at Lumpkin’s Slave Jail site, 1500 E. Franklin St. Free parking.Since JRPS employees have worked so devotedly over the years to improve, take care of, and educate people about the Richmond Slave Trail, which begins at the Ancarrow’s Landing section of the park, it’s fitting that this is the section where the Friends of James River Park will help unveil one of 17 new markers that tell a crucial but often overlooked part of Richmond’s history that’s full of pain and pride. If you’d like to participate in this part of the ceremony, drive to Ancarrow’s Landing (Brander Street off Maury Street) and walk west from the parking lot to the second marker overlooking the river. At 3 p.m. we’ll recite a litany and then unveil the marker. Then you are welcome to drive to the Lumpkin’s Jail site for the rest of the ceremony.