Sunday, February 19, 2012
Richmond Slave Trail Commission unveils plan for U.S. National Slave Museum
On February 18, 2012. the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission held an important public Charette/Meeting regarding plans for the establishment of a United States National Slavery Museum in Richmond. The meeting was free and open to the public and all Richmond-area residents were invited and encouraged to attend to learn more and participate in the discussion and planning.
The new plans from the commission envision a new museum that addresses the United State's role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the integral role played by the City of Richmond in that history. The meeting was used to identify key issues and needs to promote the African-American Legacy that helped build our nation.
At a previous Charette, held June 2011, community leaders and key representatives from the Commonwealth gave input and support for a United States National Slavery Museum that would utilize the Richmond Slave Trail and incorporate the Richmond African Burial Ground and Lumpkin's Slave Jail sites. This Charette included Lord Cultural Resources presenting its findings and proposals for the vision of the United States National Museum on the Richmond Slave Trail.
This Charette was a continuation of the work of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission which, since 1998, has been committed to helping to preserve and present the history of slavery in Richmond.
The meeting included a performance by the Richmond Public Schools Armstrong High School Choir in observance of February as African American History Month.