A Sound History For the Trail of Enslaved People

A Sound History For The Trail of Enslaved People is an audio archive, that uses web and mobile technology to provide personal stories and experiences, as well as historical information, about Richmond, Virginia's slave trail and the enslaved people who lived, worked and passed through this area, to visitors and residents who choose to retrace those steps. The sound walk follows a three-mile pathway along the banks of the James River in Richmond. Through internet-based GPS and Google mapping technology, visitors with smart phones and tablets can access guided audio tours that are responsive to physical location on the trail.  The collection is also fully accessible from any location via any web-connected device or computer. Additionally, the archive is also envisioned as a sound exhibition. Click Here to access A Sound History for the Trail of Enslaved People. 2015-ongoing

Previously recorded invterviews include:

Images by Michael Lease, 2015 to 2016


Click here to access A Sound History for the Trail of Enslaved People. (Project and mapping complettion estimated April 2018)I

f Interested in participating please contact Vaughn Garland

Photograph Forthcoming


Imam Ammar Amonette,

Islamic Center of Virginia

Recorded January 17, 2017 and February 15, 2017

Field Recording of Manchester Flood Wall Path September 20, 2017




Photograph Forthcoming


Dr. Edward L. Ayers,

Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus
University of Richmond

Recorded December 16, 2015 at the University Of Richmond, Richmond VA





O. Janine Bell,

President and Artistic Director of Elegba Folklore Society

(In the original spelling the Es in Elegba are underlined.)

Recorded June 24, 2015 at Elegba Folklore Society
101 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Field Recordings from Elegba Folklore Society's Juneteenth Celebration.
June 17, 2016

Image by O. Janine Bell


Photograph Forthcoming


Rev. Benjamin Campbell,

Richmond Hill


Recorded June 12, 2015

Field Recordings from various spots in Church Hill and at the location of Lumpkins Jail in Richmond Virginia. Recorded between 2015 and 2016



Rev. Dr. Paige Lanier Chargois,

Formally of Hope in the City and Initiatives of Change

Recorded January 8, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia


Image by Michael Lease

Christy Coleman,

Chief Executive Officer
The American Civil War Museum

Recorded February 5, 2016 at American Civil War Museum and Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond VA


Image by Michael Lease
Photograph Forthcoming


Rob Corcoran,

Rob Corcoran, Strategic Advisor at Initiatives of Change, founder of Hope in the Cities, and author of Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility.


For use in Right Here Once and "The Sound History for the Trail of Enslaved People."


Recorded March 11, 2016 at Initiatives of Change Offices, Richmond, Virginia

Field recordings collected from Mayo Bridge, Richmond, VA.

For Rob Corcoran's book, "Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation and Responsibility."



Ana Edwards,

Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of The Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Recorded November 27, 2015

Field Recordings from Richmond's African Burial Grounds and the site of Lumpkins Jail in Richmond Virginia. Recorded between 2015 and 2016


Image by Michael Lease

Free Folasade Egunfemi,

Founder, Untold RVA (www.untoldrva.com)
Recorded July 15, 2015

Field Recordings from Untold RVA's Emancipation Day Celebration, April 3rd, 2016

The Richmond's African Burial Ground

(Mentioned)Patience Salgado, The Light of Human Kindness


Image by Michael Lease
Photograph Forthcoming


Gregg Kimball,

Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia reflects on his work at the Valentine Museum and the library regarding issues of race and especially the domestic slave trade in Richmond.

Library of Virginia

Valentine Museum

Recorded December 14, 2015

Field Recordings from Manchester Docks and south banks of James River in Richmond Virginia. Recorded between 2015 and 2017

Mentioned: "To Be Sold" exhibition at Library of Virginia took place from
Oct. 27 to May 30, 2014



Dr. Maurie McInnis,

Vice President and Provost, The University of Texas at Austin
Recorded March 18, 2016, The University Of Virginia, Office of the President, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Comments on ‘Slaves Waiting for Sale’ by Eyre Crowe (1861). Heinz collection, Washington DC Published in Guy C. Elroy, ‘Facing History: the Black Image in American Art, 1710-1940’

Article: "Eyre Crowe's Images of the Slave Trade," Contributed by Maurie D. McInnis

Background sounds recorded on Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond 2016-2017.


Image by Michael Lease


Chief Terry Price and Annette Price,

Wolfe Creek Cherokee Museum, Richmond Virginia
Recorded March 6, 2017

Drumming Recorded at Wolfe Creek Cherokee Museum
March 15, 2017


Image by Vaughn Garland
Photograph Forthcoming




Rev. Sylvester Tee Turner,

Director of Reconciliation Programs for Hope in the Cities and Commissioner of the Slave Trail Commission

Initiatives of Change International

Recorded March 29, 2016 at Initiatives of Change, Richmond

Field recordings from Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue




S. Waite Rawls III,

President, The American Civil War Museum Foundation
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Recorded January 29, 2016, The White House of the Confederacy

Background sounds recorded in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond 2016-2017.

Songs Used:
Work, John W, and Sidney Stripling. Breakaway. Georgia, 1941. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/ftvbib000041/. (Accessed January 08, 2017.)

Lomax, John A, Ruby T Lomax, and John Lowry Goree. Jonah. Houston, Texas, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/lomaxbib000025/. (Accessed January 08, 2017.)

Morgan, Minta, and John A Lomax. TheSouthern Soldier. Library of Congress, 1952. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197129/. (Accessed July 23, 2017.)

Image by Michael Lease
Photograph Forthcoming


Jennifer Hurst Wender,

Director of Museum Operations and Education,
Preservation Virginia.


Includes: The John Marshall House,
818 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA


Recorded July 22, 2016

Field Recording of Shockoe Bottom, Old Fellows Hall Site and African Burial Grounds September 27, 2017




Photograph Forthcoming


Ralph White,

Former Manager, James River Park System
Recorded June 26, 2015

Contains readings from "Seeing the Scars of Slavery In The Natural Environment: An Interpretive Guide to the Manchester Slave Trail Along the James River in Richmond."
Narrated by Ralph White
Written by Ralph White, edited by Professor Phillip Schwarz
Printed 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2009
Recorded May 19, 2015

Field Recordings from Manchester Docks, Richmond Virginia
Recorded between 2015 and 2016