Tag: Historic Richmond

1853 Richmond and its Slave Market


The video of 3D Richmond is finally up for your viewing pleasure. To learn more about the project visit the Visualizing the Past article. The video follows the route of English painter Eyre Crowe’s visit to the city in March 1853. He arrived along the the Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and stayed at the high-end American Hotel one block south of Capitol Square. On his first full day in the city, hoping to find “a possibly dramatic subject for pictoral illustration,” Crowe set out into Shockoe Bottom to witness several slave auctions. Crowe recorded what he saw there in his powerful painting Slaves Waiting for Sale

Over a hundred and fifty years later many seek to understand more about the slave trade. The sites where people were bought and sold in Richmond have been obliterated by twentieth-century development, many of them under an interstate. This video is meant to help viewers imagine what the built environment of mid-nineteenth-century Richmond looked like and recognize the significant physical footprint of slave trading in its commercial district.


Image by Nathaniel Ayers


Richmond Then and Now

Richmond was a very different place a decade after the Civil War than it is today.  When we started working on the Visualizing the Past project for the Library of Virginia, we found a wonderful atlas of Richmond in 1876. This hand painted atlas, published by F.W Beers, features detailed buildings and their owners, parks and public landmarks. These maps served as our basemap for the project because of the great detail they provided. While working on the project I became really interested in what has changed around Richmond since this time.

Richmond Then and Now Scratchoff

Richmond Then and Now Scratchoff



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