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Downtown Richmond’s boat landing has fisherman hooked on weekends

Fishermen line the walls of the Manchester Docks at Ancarrow's Boat Landing As I visited Ancarrow’s Boat Landing on Sunday for the unveiling of the markers on the Richmond Slave Trail, I couldn’t help but notice that the ratio of attendees for the historic moment were outnumbered at least 15 to 1 by fisherman. At 3 p.m., there was a 20 minute wait at the boat slip and the parking lot was constantly full. Continue reading


Richmond Slave Trail markers finally unveiled along historic path

Richmond Slave Trail marker: Creole RevoltAfter nearly 10 years of work and planning, the City of Richmond and the Slave Trail Commission has finally unveiled markers for the Richmond Slave Trail.  Seventeen markers along the path were unveiled Sunday and display information on the history of slavery in Richmond.  Continue reading

Richmond Slave Trail Emancipation Celebration Sunday

Richmond Slave Trail: Map for placement of markersThe 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: Continue reading

Signage coming this month to complete Richmond Slave Trail

Credit: NBC12.com

The Richmond Slave Trail Commission has been working hard to create and develop the 2.5 mile path retracing the steps taken by so many slaves during Richmond’s infamous time as a hub for slave trade. The idea of the trail began in the late 1990s and should finally be complete next month. See the report from NBC12’s Yvette Yeon:

You’ll soon see a whole lot of new trail markers and signage put up around Richmond’s Shockoe Slip. After two years, the Richmond Slave Trail is now complete. The trail starts at Ancarrow’s Landing just south of Shockoe Slip and the James River.

By April 3, all 17 markers should be in place.  Each one, illustrating what slaves went through at that particular spot, with pictures and explanations — something you can’t even see in the history books.

Tour the Richmond Slave Trail

Walk the Richmond Slave TrailJoin the James River Park System and the Friends of the James River Park for a walk on the Richmond Slave Trail.

When: Saturday, February 12 & 26, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) (map)

What: Commemorate Black History Month by walking the route trod by enslaved Americans in the first 1/2  of the 19th century. Look for the many signs of slave labor still visible in Richmond. The walk is 2 miles one way, but can be shortened if group prefers to drive parts. Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) located at the end of Maury Street 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (or 4 p.m.). $5/person.

Sponsors: James River Park System (Richmond Recreation, Parks & Community Facilities) and the Friends of the James River Park System (FOJRP) – 646-8911 – www.RichmondGov.com and www.JamesRiverPark.org.

Also: There are great blue heron rookery tours on those dates

James River Park could grow with Manchester parcel

Stormwater Retention Basin in South Richmond, south of the FloodwallThe City of Richmond is looking to add another property to the James River Park System. There is a grass parcel of land along Maury Street in South Richmond called the Stormwater Retention Basin that is owned by the Department of Public Utilities.

Google map locator of Stormwater Retention BasinIt is a large “L”-shaped parcel that covers a few acres and extends on either side of Maury Street to the floodwall gate under Interstate 95.  The grassy area is most the floodwall berm on the north and with the remaining border being fuel tank storage on fenced in private property. [See a google map]. 

It might be a nice area for a dog park, picnic or flying a kite. There is a gravel road from Maury Street that runs to the top of the Floodwall that is part of the Richmond Slave Trail, connecting Ancarrow’s Landing to the east and the eastern portion of the Floodwall walk.

The views of downtown and the James River from that gravel road area are very good. It may not be the most scenic view of the industrial side of Manchester, but it would keep more land from being developed and continue development of a greenway from Anncarrow’s Landing toward the western portion of the Floodwall.

Virginia Waterways Cleanup hitting Belle Isle, Ancarrow’s

Trash recovered from the James River in RichmondThis year is the 16th year that Clean Virginia Waterways has organized the Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the International Coastal Cleanup). Cleanup events are held all over the state, and CVW is interested in increasing the number of cleanups in each of Virginia’s watershed. Cleanups are held between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 on the coast and on inland waterways.  

NOTE:  LitterFreeRVA plans to clean up Belle Isle on September 25 from noon-8 p.m. Meet at the north pedestrian bridge at noon. Bags, gloves, and pickers will be provided.

Richmond-area cleanups: Saturday, Sept. 25
1. Belle Isle in the James River Park
2. Osborne Landing in the James River Park
3. Ancarrow’s Landing in the James River Park 

Last year, more than 5,600 volunteers not only removed litter and trash from Virginia’s rivers and beaches, but they also recorded what they found on Data Cards. The Top Ten Items found and recorded by volunteers during the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia, 2009, accounted for 87.77 percent of all litter and trash picked up by volunteers in Virginia:

1.  Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters         
2.  Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less         
3.  Beverage Cans        
4.  Bags (Plastic)        
5.  Food Wrappers/Containers         
6.  Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons         
7.  Glass Beverage Bottles         
8.  Caps, Lids        
9.  Straws, Stirrers        
10. Bags (Paper)        

Schools, businesses, churches, youth groups and other organizations are encouraged to call Clean Virginia Waterways (434-395-2602) or send an email to cleanva@longwood.edu to join this important effort to clean our waterways.

Find more at the Virginia Conservation Network