Preservation in Shockoe Bottom
Lumpkin’s Slave Jail archaeologist discusses significance of the area moving forward
By: Charlotte Rene Woods
RICHMOND Va — Matt Laird of the James River Institute for Archaeology was commissioned to excavate the site of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail at the City’s historic Shockoe Bottom. At the time, the precise location of the jail was speculative, but Laird and his team researched and uncovered it. By the end of the project, Lumpkin’s Slave Jail had to be reburied for preservation. With the upcoming Mayoral election and the outgoing Mayor’s initiation of memorializing the area, the fate of how the land will be developed is still uncertain. In the following podcast archaeologist Matt Laird talks about his findings and what it could mean as plans for the site go forward.