Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lumpkin's Slave Jail

Upcoming Event at the Virginia Historical Society

Recent discoveries from the archaeological dig at Lumpkin's Slave Jail will be discussed at Virginia Historical Society (VHS).

The 2008 excavation found the site of the notorious jail complex, collected many artifacts, and revealed a number of well preserved features.

On Saturday, February 28, 2009, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the community is invited to attend a conference about Richmond's African Americanhistory. Hidden Things Brought to Light: Finding Lumpkin's Jail andLocating the Burial Ground for Negroes takes place at the VHS and is free and open to the public.Speakers at the half-day conference will present recent scholarship ontwo downtown Richmond historical sites, the Burial Ground for Negroes and Lumpkin's Slave Jail, both of which have special importance for the history of African Americans in Virginia.
Speakers include:
  • Jeffrey Ruggles, curator of prints and photographs at the VHS, will speak about the historical background of the Shockoe slavery sites.
  • Matthew R. Laird, Ph.D., historian at The James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., and principal investigator for the Lumpkin's Slave Jail dig, will discuss recent discoveries from the archaeological site.
  • Dr. Christopher Stevenson, an archaeologist with the Virginia Departmentof Historic Resources, will speak about locating the Burial Ground for Negroes in the present-day landscape.
  • Dr. Lauranett Lee, curator of African American history at the VHS, will moderate the event.
Graham T. Dozier Managing Editor of Publications Virginia Historical Society Post Office address: Box 7311 Richmond, VA 23221 Street address: 428 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220phone: 804.342.9640 fax: 804.342.9697

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