The Richmond Slave Trail Commission is planning and working toward establishing a nonprofit foundation. This foundation will guide efforts to develop a slave heritage trial and museum in Shockoe Bottom. Plans to open a slavery museum in Hampton and Fredericksburg are also being discussed. The commission is now working with attorneys to establish the foundation, which will chronicle Richmond’s extensive role during the slave trade. It will also commemorate sites such as the Manchester Docks, Lumpkin’s Jail and the Negro Burial Ground. Chairwoman of the Virginia Slave Trail Commission, Del. Delores L. McQuinn, believes that now is the right time to establish a slavery museum here in Richmond. In 1619, the first ship carrying Africans landed in Virginia at Old Port Comfort and Fort Monroe is the location where three slaves sought refuge during the civil war. No dates were given to predict the opening of the museums.
Via: Richmond Times Dispatch
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