The Richmond Slave Trade

In partnership with the Louisa Arts Center, the Louisa Historical Society presents professor Jack Trammell’s discussion of Richmond’s 15th Street, known as the South’s Wall Street in antebellum times, which, like its New York counterpart, was a center of commerce. But the business done here was unspeakable and the scene heart wrenching. With over sixty-nine slave dealers and auction houses, this Wall Street area saw tens of millions of dollars and countless human lives change hands, fueling the southern economy. Dr. Trammell’s presentation brings highlights of his book by the same name in which he traces the history of the city’s slave trade, from the origins of African slavery in Virginia to its destruction at the end of the Civil War. Unique to this presentation will be documented accounts of the sales of slaves at Louisa Court House, sales advertised in the Richmond papers to entice traders to purchase slaves here for resale on the Richmond market. This presentation highlights the economic, political and cultural impact of a system representing the most immense, concentrated human suffering in our nation’s history. This presentation is on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Louisa Arts Center; tickets are $10 and available through Louisa Arts Center.
Sunday, March 25
Louisa Arts Center
2:00 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased at the Louisa Arts Center