Saturday, March 21, 2015

To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:15 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, SOLD OUT

To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans” is a day-long symposium that will take place in both Richmond, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Morning sessions will be held in Richmond and simulcast in New Orleans, while afternoon sessions will be held in New Orleans and simulcast in Richmond. Participants at both locations will be able to engage in live discussions with attendees and presenters at both sites. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, participants will be able to attend the event free of charge.This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.

More information and live streaming of the symposium at

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Monday, October 27, 2014 — Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.

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