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UNEARTHING RICHMOND'S SLAVE HISTORY

Archaeological Survey Planned for Lumpkin's Jail Site

Shockoe Bottom, the historic valley where Richmond began, soon will be home to an important archaeological project expected to uncover valuable clues about Richmond's past.
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Late this summer, The City of Richmond, in partnership with The Richmond Slave Trail Commission, The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), and the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (A.C.O.R.N), will sponsor an archaeological survey of the site that was once Lumpkin's Jail, the largest and best-known slave pen and boarding house for slave traders in antebellum Richmond. After the Civil War, Lumpkin's Jail became a school for newly freed blacks-the forerunner of the institution known today as Virginia Union University. To be undertaken on City-owned land in Shockoe Bottom, the archaeological survey is intended to determine the presence or absence of intact cultural remains associated with Lumpkin's Jail and whether further archaeological study is warranted.
 

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