NEWS: Richmond leaders debate whether slavery memorial should be named after man who ran notorious jail 


“Historical accounts of Robert Lumpkin’s slave jail in Shockoe Bottom describe brutal and cruel conditions: confining shackles, fetid air, meager meals.

“So why, wondered Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto during a budget hearing this week, does the city’s effort to create a slavery memorial at the site seem to also memorialize Lumpkin by using his surname in the project’s title?

“Agelasto proposed an amendment that would add references in city documents to the name black residents used at the time to refer to the place: “The Devil’s Half Acre….”

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