"Meet Me in the Bottom" -- a documentary about the Burial Ground for People of African decent (ca. 1750-1816) located north of Broad Street, between 15th and 16th Streets -- will be broadcast Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm -10:00 pm and Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Richmond on WCVW (Channel 24 for local Comcast Richmond customers).
The burial site is the oldest municipal cemetery for enslaved and free Blacks known to exist in the Richmond area. An 1810 map shows the Negro Burial Ground near Broad Street and Shockoe Creek. Today, the Burial Ground sits adjacent to a parking lot owned by VCU. In fact, there are questions as to whether the Burial Ground lies beneath the parking lot. Activists and other groups have protested what is seen by many as a desecration of sacred ground. This documentary tells the story of community efforts aimed at reclaiming the Burial Ground as the final resting place of their ancestors.
The film won the Best Documentary category and the Audience Choice Award at the Virginia Independent Film Festival and has just been accepted for screening at the South Film Festival in Leigh, PA. To purchase the DVD, visit burnbabyburnproductions.com The documentary was created by Dr. Shawn O. Utsey, Chair, Department of African American Studies
Style Weekly Magazine, 4/28/2010, "Breaking the Chains" - While Virginia prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of its secession from the union, Richmond searches for how best to tell a most difficult story: its role in the domestic slave trade.
Slave Trade as a Commercial Enterprise in Richmond, Virginia - National Register of Historic Places and the Johannas Design Group, April 2007.
Burial Ground for Negroes, Richmond, Virginia: Validation and Assessment Research Summary - A 16-page report prepared by the Department of Historic Resources, June 25, 2008.
Preliminary Archaeological Investigation of the Lumpkin's Jail Site (44HE1053), Richmond, Virginia - Prepared For the City of Richmond by Matthew R. Laird, Ph.D., James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., Williamsburg, Virginia, May 2006
- Ray B.