Project Summary and Scope

The Shockoe Project.

Uncovering the story of enslavement on sites of historic significance.

The Shockoe Project

Formerly The Enslaved African Heritage Campus, The Shockoe Project will create a comprehensive, experiential destination that places Richmond at the center of the American story by recognizing the history of enslaved and free Africans and people of African descent.  Anticipated components of The Shockoe Project include new indoor and outdoor programmed experiences including an Interpretive Center located on the north end of the first floor of the Main Street Station and site selection recommendations for a National Slavery Museum experience.  The Shockoe Project also includes improvements and additional commemoration aspects to The Richmond Slave Trail, The Shockoe Bottom African Burial Ground, the Winfree Cottage and its relocation back to Manchester south Richmond, The Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at 5th and Hospital Streets (1305 N. 5th St.), the former slave trading sites throughout Shockoe Valley and renovation of the Reconciliation Statue Plaza.  The Shockoe Project is currently in the planning stages.  The Shockoe Project website will launch winter 2024 with community meetings to follow.


Project Funding

Allocated funding for The Shockoe Project totals $38,000,000. Once designs are developed, cost estimates will follow and additional funding, if required, will be sought.  The National Slavery Museum Foundation and the Interpretive Center are projects that will seek private fund raising dollars to supplement available funding. The city received an $11,000,000 Mellon Foundation grant to supplement the creation of the Interpretive Center.

Virginia General Assembly funding to support The Shockoe Project:

$1 million for Lumpkin's Jail/Devil's Half Acre planning and development

$1 million for Slave Trail Improvements less $99,034.07 previously drawn down

$9 million for the development of the Lumpkin's Jail/Devil's Half Acre building/development

Design Team

The City of Richmond contracted with Greeley & Hansen to provide hydrologic and hydraulic modeling studies to guide the opportunities available that allows new vertical construction in Shockoe Bottom within the limits The Shockoe Project campus.  FEMA updated the floodplain and floodway maps nationally in 2022, Shockoe Bottom is now impacted by a designated floodway within the 100 year floodplain restricting what can be placed within it in regards to vertical construction that would obstruct and redirect flood waters in a 100 year storm event.

Baskervill, led by Burt Pinnock, has been hired as the design team for all projects under The Shockoe Project umbrella and site selection for the National Slavery Museum.

Design Schedules:

Slave Trail Improvements and Slave Trail Head: design completed

Winfree Cottage relocation and site design: design 60% complete

Reconciliation Statue Plaza Restoration: design 50% complete

Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at 5th and Hospital: Mural project 90% complete, project design will evolve with Community Engagement coming Fall 2024

Lumpkin's Jail Site: Design Development to commence Fall 2024

Shockoe Bottom African Burial Ground at 1554 E. Broad St: Design Development to commence Fall 2024

Construction Schedules:

Slave Trail pathway improvements and the Slave Trail Head at Ancarrow's landing will be constructed beginning late 2023 and completed Fall 2024.

Winfree Cottage will be relocated and a new site developed by Fall 2024

Project Contact:

Leonard Mantey,, 804.357.2728