RVA Archaeology is excited to be providing archaeology activities on April 4th in Capitol Square! Come try your hand at interpreting an archaeological layer of Richmond, and learn about the artifacts of the schoolhouse period at Lumpkin’s Jail.
We’ve partnered with The Future of Richmond’s Past and other historical and cultural organizations to incorporate archaeological understandings of Lumpkin’s Jail, the transition from slavery to freedom, and the significance of the Evacuation Fire. Our tables will be set up at the Pop-Up Museum tent between 11:30am and 5pm Saturday, April 4th! Other topics covered in the tent will include the human cost of food shortages and currency inflation, the significance of the city during the Civil War, and Lincoln’s visit to the city. Matt Laird (from James River Institute for Archaeology) will be presenting his talk ‘Searching for Lumpkin’s Slave Jail in Shockoe Bottom’ at 3pm that day also.
Between April 1st and 4th, a variety of local community organizations, universities, museums, and historical sites will be coming together in Richmond to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Confederate retreat from Richmond, the emancipation of Richmond’s enslaved population, and the arrival of Union troops in the city. Titled Richmond’s Journey, these events will include tours, living history, dance, music, candlelit ceremonies, and much more.
It’s going to be a special moment in the city! We hope to see many of you there. The most current version of the program is available here. Event details are also on the Future of Richmond’s Past Facebook page.