A Welcome Addition To The Historical Landscape of Richmond
From the Virginia Daily Press: Ground was broken in Richmond yesterday for a monument near the site of a notorious slave jail. The slavery reconciliation plaza will feature a 13-foot bronze sculpture of two figures embracing. It also will have benches representing slave ships and a fountain meant to symbolize the waters crossed by Africans so long ago. It’s the last of three similar monuments placed at international locations central to the slave trade. The monument also will anchor a four-mile path of slavery-related sites running through the former capital of the Confederacy. The project is planned at a downtown Richmond corner in an area where historians believe Lumpkin’s Jail may have once stood. According to historical accounts, Robert Lumpkin bought slaves and kept them confined before selling them to plantation owners in other states.
"Whites in general have buried history out of guilt, and I think African-Americans have buried their history out of shame. The design is telling the story." — Rev. Sylvester Turner, with the Richmond Slave Trail Commission.
Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find a photograph.