Slave Trail Walk and Discussion
815 E. Grace Street
Join us Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a guided walk on Richmond’s Slave Trail. This walk is a kind of pilgrimage that will be led for St. Paul’s by the Rev. Ben Campbell and Rev. Charles Williams, head of the Office of Black Catholics.
- The 2 ½ hour walk closes with reflection and conversation over box lunches at Capitol Square. The Richmond Slave Trail is a nearly 3-mile walk that runs from the Manchester Docks, where enslaved Africans both entered and left Virginia, to Robert Lumpkin’s Slave Jail and the site of the hanging of Gabriel, who attempted to complete America’s half-revolution in 1800.
- The 17 guides and plaques along the way tell the story of Richmond’s first 250 years of history – a history that was buried and hidden from the entire city until the first decade of the 21st century.
- NOTE: The Slave Trail Walk is appropriate for 6th Graders and older youth, but not for younger children.
- You will need to be able to walk 3 miles and go up and down steps.
Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. A van will take us from the church to the beginning of the Slave Trail and then back. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water bottles and snacks. Box lunches will be provided by St. Paul’s. Registration is required for this event with a limit of 20 people.