In 1860, Richmond was one of the hubs for the domestic slave trade, but it didn’t get there by accident. Traces of slavery (and of resistance to it) stretch all the way back to the city’s earliest days.
The city of Richmond, Virginia was once the bustling center of industry, trade, and the sale of human beings. It also became one of the places for Black resistance to slavery in the American South. Uncover the history of slavery in the city with Ana Edwards and Joseph Rogers as they discuss Richmond’s past and what emancipation meant for its future.