Richmond Slave Trail
Baskervill created a walkable, interactive experience for visitors to fully immerse themselves in Richmond’s past as a major slave trade port. Situated at key sites along the same 2.5-mile path that once led slaves from the docks of Manchester to the auction houses of Shockoe Bottom, 17 markers offer insight and education into the legacy of slavery. Along the way is Reconciliation Plaza, which showcases a 14-foot bronze sculpture that stands as a memorial to international slave trade. With identical versions in Liverpool, England, and Benin, Africa, the plaza creates a place of repose at a busy urban intersection in downtown Richmond and is defined by a fountain, concrete seatwalls, and simple landscaping to showcase the 14-foot bronze sculpture designed by artist Stephen Broadbent.