Sunday, July 27, 2008

Records confirm slave burial ground under VCU parking lot
A review of historic maps, photographs and other resources has confirmed with "reasonable certainty" that part of a burial ground for slaves and other African-Americans rests under a parking lot now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University, officials said today.

The Richmond Slave Trail Commission and VCU said in a joint statement that they will begin to discuss ways to properly memorialize the site, along Interstate 95 in Shockoe Bottom.

The article is short, but its got a link to the original report. It mentions georeferencing of older maps with modern GIS data and has some of the old maps overlaid into recent aerial photos. Good read.