Last Sunday, Richmond was poised to take an important step in acknowledging its role as home to the largest domestic slave export business in the U.S. Doing so a week later than planned is, at the least, a symbolic misstep. A city that has resided for centuries on the wrong side of history should not be cavalier about its belated appointment with righteousness.
The rescheduled slave trail sign unveiling ceremony will take place this Sunday at the site at the Lumpkin’s slave jail archeological site, 1500 E. Franklin St. The ceremony will celebrate the creation of 17 historical markers along a 2.5 slave trail from Manchester Docks to the slave burial and the original site of the First African Baptist Church.