In Former Confederate Capital, a Push to Honor the Enslaved

Jul 28, 2020

A parking lot and small park mark the location of the Lumpkin's Slave Jail house near downtown Monday, July 27, 2020, in Richmond, Va. It is the site of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project that was announced by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
Credit AP Photo/Steve Helber

Officials in Richmond have announced a new funding commitment for an ambitious and long-envisioned memorial campus in the city's former slave-trading district, Shockoe Bottom.

Mayor Levar Stoney, other officials and activists held a news conference Tuesday to outline plans for a memorial campus composed of a museum and a park for reflection.

The city has committed $3.5 million in funding right away. Stoney said he will propose a capital improvement budget amendment of between $25 million and $50 million that if approved would fund the effort over a series of years.

By some estimates, more 300,000 enslaved people were bought and sold in the Bottom.