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Selling Slaves in Richmond

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An area of Richmond, Virginia—known as Shockoe Bottom—played a key role in the buying and selling of black people during the days of America's chattel slavery.  Lumpkin's Slave Jail, for example, was a place where enslaved people, during the 1800s, waited to be sold at auction.

This image of an 1861 sketch, by G.H. Andrews of The London News, depicts a man and woman (with a child) on a Richmond auction block.  The drawing illustrates an accompanying article, in The London News, describing the business of slavery in Richmond.

Solomon Northup passed through a Richmond slave-processing place, like this one, on his way to New Orleans in 1841.

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Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.

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