Slave Train Program Engages MLWGS History Students

Six MLWGS students participated in the unveiling of 17 historic markers along the Richmond Slave Trail on Sunday, April 10. Libby Brown, Nicole Duimstra, Marshall Furman, Joseph Gallagher, Jamie King, and Jonathan Walter served as the site leaders for the commemorative remarks and unveiling held at Stop #4 along the south bank of the James River. This location recognizes the “Creole Revolt” of 1841, one of many chapters in Richmond’s history as a major cog in the transatlantic Slave Trade and American slave market. The Slave Trail winds for approximately three miles from South Richmond’s Ancarrow’s Landing (site of the former Manchester Docks) to Shockoe Bottom.

The marker program signifies the latest chapter in a ten-year effort to recreate this piece of Richmond history. The Maggie Walker Social Studies Department was contacted by the Slave Trail Commission and asked to participate in the unveiling. In earlier years, Maggie Walker history students have engaged in producing site recommendations for the development of the Slave Trail. This year’s participants were students in various AP US History classes. According to Marshall Furman (MLWGS ’12), “It was an important experience in understanding a dark but significant aspect of Richmond history.”