Tuesday, April 7, 12:45 - 5:45 pm

The journey through Richmond's history will take us to three sites significant in Richmond's history of slavery and emancipation. We are partnering with Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, the Library of Virginia and Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP) which is providing the transportation.

We will divide into three groups and all groups will visit all three sites. The schedule is as follows:

12:45 - 1:00 pm  Leave UR for Libby Hill Park (pick up lunches when getting on the bus)
                             Those that are driving  leave their cars at Libby Hill Park
1:00 - 1:30 pm    Libby Hill Park, framing our history - honoring our sacred stories
1:30 - 1:45 pm    Buses travel to various sites
                             Sixth Mount Zion, Lumpkins Jail and Library of VA
1:45 - 2:30 pm    Site visits
2:30 - 2:45 pm    Buses rotate to next site
2:45 - 3:30 pm    Site visits
3:30 - 3:45 pm    Buses rotate to next site
3:45 - 4:30 pm    Site visits
4:45 - 5:45 pm    Community Groups at the Library of Virginia
              The buses will return people to cars parked at Libby Hill at 4:45 and 5:45 pm

 
Site #1 Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church

This historic church sits in the heart of Jackson Ward, at one time the black business district. It was founded in 1867 in a former confederate stable on Brown's Island by Rev. John Jasper, a former enslaved person. He became famous for his "The Sun Do Move" sermon that was preached 250 times. We will explore the history of that Church’s journey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Site #2 The Library of Virginia

The current exhibit at the library, “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade,” explores the role that Richmond and the state of Virginia played in the Slave Trade. This exhibition also offers a series of paintings by British artist Eyre Crowe who, while visiting from England in 1853, captured on canvas eyewitness accounts of slavery in Richmond.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Site #3 Lumpkin’s Jail, the African Burial Ground and the Reconciliation Statue

Lumpkin’s Jail, also known as the Devil's Half Acre, was considered the most notorious of all the jails or holding pens for enslaved Africans, not only in Richmond but in all of Virginia. After emancipation it was transformed into a school and became the future home of Virginia Union University.
 

The African Burial Ground is where many enslaved Africans were buried. It is also where Gabriel Prosser was executed after his planned revolt in 1800 to free other enslaved Africans was interrupted by a rain storm that deluged Richmond.

The Reconciliation Statue tells the story of how Liverpool, UK; Richmond, VA, and the Republic of Benin in West Africa have worked to heal the history of infamous, triangular Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.