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Seek the Peace of the City

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. Jeremiah 29:7 (NKJV)

Ah, Richmond.  My hometown.  The city that loomed large when homesickness hit hardest.

I’ve recently joined the Board of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute (http://www.rcliweb.org/), whose “goal is to empower a network of young Christian leaders to serve and influence Metro Richmond across racial, denominational, geographic and socioeconomic lines by aiding people in social and spiritual need, healing community divisions and extending the Church’s influence on the culture.”  In pursuit of this goal, we strive to understand and appreciate the rich history, both glorious and broken, of our city.

Hannah reaches out to the embracing figures at the Reconciliation Memorial

Hannah reaches out to the embracing figures at the Reconciliation Memorial

This morning, the kids and I set out to work on that vision, by following the infamous Slave Trail of Richmond, from the slave ship docks to the notorious prison nicknamed the “Devil’s Half Acre” to the new Reconciliation Statue, one of three duplicate memorials at the vertices of the triangular slave trade.

Zach discovers an old iron hook used for tying slave ships to the dock

Zach discovers an old iron hook used for tying slave ships to the dock

Thankful for educational historical markers along the way

Thankful for educational historical markers along the way

Down the slave trail - captive Africans were taken down this path only at night to protect the sensitivities of local residents

Down the slave trail - captive Africans were taken down this path only at night to protect the sensitivities of local residents

The infamous slave jail, currently under excavation

The infamous slave jail, currently under excavation

Mom, trying to hold it together at the site of the Lumpkin Slave Jail

Mom, trying to hold it together at the site of the Lumpkin Slave Jail

Engraving on the Reconciliation Statue

Engraving on the Reconciliation Statue - the inscription reads: Acknowledge and Forgive the Past/Embrace the Present/Shape a Future of Reconciliation and Justice.

Zach contemplates the triangular trade route at the Reconciliation Memorial

Zach contemplates the triangular trade route at the Reconciliation Memorial

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  1. Donna Wolf March 8th, 2011 8:23 am

    I hadn’t looked at your page in awhile, and I don’t remember seeing this before. Very moving. Kinda hit me hard because I have been doing a lot of research on my mother’s family. I recently discovered that my 3GGrandfather was a slave holder. All I could say was, “Say it isn’t so!” But, alas it was. Then I look at pictures like this and it really its me hard. I guess, for them, it was the norm, but it so far from my realm of understanding that it is sometimes hard to wrap my head around it all. Thank you for sharing these photos.

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