Archives for December 2008

Put to work, inmates clear historic cemetery

The Mount Auburn Cemetery - thought to be the city's oldest cemetery open to black residents - was until recently overrun with honeysuckle vines, brambles and small trees. But today, a crew of inmates using hand tools has cleared enough underbrush that headstones are now visible, and the first step toward restoration is under way. Read More … [Read more...]

Love Cemetery

Love Cemetery is the story of small community in the south decides to put together a bi-racial interfaith group to reclaim a bit of African American history. … [Read more...]

Family matriarch bought husband

She saw him. She bought him. Then she married him. The backdrop for this couple's courtship was the early 19th century. Eli Whitney's cotton gin was new. Slave labor was woven into the fabric of the South. The Emancipation Proclamation hadn't been written. The Constitution didn't have a 14th Amendment which granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States." There was no Civil Rights Act. Read More … [Read more...]

With unearthing of infamous jail, Richmond confronts its slave past

The place called Lumpkin's Slave Jail was indeed a jail, but it was much more than that. It was a holding pen for human chattel. In Richmond's Shockoe Bottom river district, the notorious slave trader Robert Lumpkin ran the city's largest slave-holding facility in the 1840s and 1850s. Tens of thousands of blacks were held in the cramped brick building while they waited to be sold. Read More … [Read more...]

Web database catalogs slaves’ trans-Atlantic treks

Historians hope a new Web database will help bring millions of blacks closer to their African ancestors who were forced onto slave ships, connecting them to their heritage in a way that has long been possible for white Europeans. Read More … [Read more...]

New book examines black slave’s art and life

David Drake's pottery sells for thousands of dollars today, but in the 1800s, he was a black slave who made clay jars and pots at his owner's request. His history is chronicled in the book "Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave" by author Leonard Todd, whose ancestors owned Drake when the family lived in Edgefield. Read More … [Read more...]

Richmond slave jail’s foundation found

With young black men used as bait, dogs were trained to track and pursue runaway slaves in the cobblestone courtyard of a Richmond slave jail. Hidden for more than a century, the courtyard of round, gray stones and other remnants of Lumpkin's Slave Jail lay exposed yesterday in the corner of a Shockoe Bottom parking lot. Read More … [Read more...]