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Monday, September 14, 2015

The City of Richmond and the Richmond Slave Trail Commission invite the public to engage in a conversation about the future of the historic Lumpkin’s Jail site. 

The location of Lumpkin’s Jail, also known as the ‘devil’s half-acre,’ was the holding site for slaves before they were taken to auction houses and sold. During Robert Lumpkin’s ownership, the site was known for being a particularly cruel place. Those who tried to escape were publicly beaten and tortured.

The Lumpkin’s Jail site is an important historical asset in Shockoe Bottom. The site is the only place in the United States where one day the public will have the opportunity to interact with artifacts of enslaved peopled at the place where these people were sold. The community discussion will inform how the permanent memorial will be developed on the site.

The scheduled meetings are as follows:

September 15, 6 p.m. Huguenot High School, 7945 Forest Hill Avenue

September 28, 6 p.m. Virginia Union University, Thomas H. Henderson Center,
2nd Floor,
1500 N. Lombardy Street

September 29, 6 p.m. Franklin Military Academy, 701 N. 37th Street

For more information visit www.richmondspeaksaboutlumpkins.org

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 12:30 PM


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