RICHMOND, Va. – Archaeologists are revealing some of their finds from a historic Richmond site that once was the center of Virginia's slave-trading past.
The discoveries announced Wednesday include the remains of a brick foundation at what was once known as Lumpkin's Slave Jail. A cobblestone courtyard and the remnants of a kitchen were also found.
Lumpkin's Jail was named after Robert Lumpkin, who was known as a "bully trader" for his rough handling of enslaved men, women and children.
According to historians, the jail was the largest holding center in the former capital of the Confederacy from 1840 until the end of the Civil War.
The discoveries are part of a dig to uncover remnants of Richmond's slave-trading history, much of which has disappeared through the years.