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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

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: Continue reading

Last weekend for guided tours of heron rookery, Richmond Slave Trail

James River Park manager Ralph White led a tour of the great blue heron rookery with the Richmond Audubon Society at the Pipeline Rapids walkwayIf you’ve been holding out until warm weather and spring bursting out all over, this is your last chance for the guided tours to the Pipeline Rapids great blue heron rookery and the Richmond Slave Trail. Get out there and enjoy the scenery and the knowledge passed on from James River Park manager and naturalist Ralph White. 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

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