Saturday, August 09, 2008

Lumpkin's Dig Begins
The bulldozer let out a deep hum as it scraped up the first chunk of top soil from the old Lumpkin's Jail site in Shockoe Bottom.

Richmond City Councilwoman Delores McQuinn (7th) smiled at the sight. Standing with members of the city, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods, she watched Wednesday morning as more than two years' worth of work began to show.

"Finally! We're at this point," said McQuinn, who is the head of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission.