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.


Previously recorded invterviews include:

Imam Ammar Amonette, Islamic Center of Virginia

Ed Ayers, University of Richmond

Ben Campbell, Richmond Hill

Paige Chargois, Independent Activist

Christy Coleman, American Civil War Museum

Rob Corcoran, Initiatives of Change

Ana Edwards, The Sacred Ground Project

Free Folasade Egunfemi, Untold RVA

Gregg Kimball, Library of Virginia

Maurie McInnis, University of Virginia 

Chief Terry Price and Annette Price, Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum and Tribal Center

Rev. Sylvester Tee Turner, Hope in the Cities

Waite Rawls, American Civil War Museum

Jennifer Hurst Wender, APVA Preservation Virginia

Ralph White, James River Park System

If Interested in participating please contact Vaughn Garland


Click Here to access A Sound History for the Trail of Enslaved People.


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Image: Brookes Slave Ship Plan (Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade act of 1788.) Library of Congress