Slave Trail almost complete

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You'll soon see a whole lot of new trail markers and signage put up around Richmond's Shockoe Slip. After two years, the Richmond Slave Trail is now complete. On April 3rd, all 17 markers will go up.

The trail starts at Ancarrow's Landing just south of Shockoe Slip and the river.

Each one, illustrating what slaves went through at that particular spot, with pictures and explanations - something you can't even see in the history books.

"It's a story all of us should know and we should never, ever forget," said Slave Trail commission Chairman, Delores McQuinn.

McQuinn says the markers will give insight and tell the stories of so many slaves who passed through.

"There are hundreds of thousands that could have possibly, based on research, will tell us that they walked this trail and they treaded through Richmond in some way or the other," said McQuinn.

Significant landmarks including an old slave burial ground with 15,000 remains will be part of the trail.

"It'll be the burial ground, Lumpkins Jail site, it'll be Winfree Cottage all of those stories along the way."

A couple of joggers are expecting great things. A marker will be placed on their path through the Canal Walk.

"I think the slave trail and sort of how it involved Richmond was with the slave trade hasn't been as available as it could be, so I think the slave trail will be really good," said Kate Magee.

"It's interesting to learn about this area and its history and where people come from, and I think it'll be great," said Lauren Miller.

The two and a half mile trail will end at First African Baptist Church on Broad Street. It cost about $300,000 to make all the signs, so the city is expecting a great response once it opens in a month.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.