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(Sunday -Meetup) February 23 Slave Trail & Floodwall - RVA (D/4)

  • 23 Feb 2014
  • RVA

February 23 (Sunday-Meetup)Slave Trail & Floodwall - RVA (D/4)

Dave Prestia (389-9099 or david@prestia.us)

Richmond Slave Trail is a walking trail that chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia, especially Richmond, to other locations in the Americas until 1865.


It begins at Manchester Docks, a major port in the massive downriver Slave Trade that made Richmond the largest source of enslaved Africans on the east coast of America from 1830 to 1860. The trail then follows a route through the slave markets of Richmond, beside the Reconciliation Statue commemorating the international triangular slave trade, past Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground to First African Baptist Church, a center of African-American life in pre-Civil War Richmond.

Our hike will meet at the Southside floodwall parking lot at Semmes and 7th at the south end of the Manchester Bridge at 9:50 AM. Hike over the Manchester Bridge, take in a few blocks of the Canal Walk and then on to Lumpkinā€™s Jail, the beginning of the Richmond Slave Trail. Loop back and cross the Mayo Bridge, tour the docks on the South side of the James and return to the cars via the flood wall for a total of 5 miles.

Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (c). 
P.O. Box 25283 
Richmond, VA 23260-5283
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