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Lumpkin's Jail

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  • East Franklin and 15th Streets, Richmond, VA 23219
  • (804) 646-7955

Lumpkin's Jail was owned by Robert Lumpkin, whose compound included lodging for slave traders, a slave holding facility, an auction house and a residence for his family. Enslaved Africans held for auction at Lumpkin's Jail referred to it as "the Devil's Half Acre." In 1857 Mary Lumpkin, a black woman who was his widow, rented to complex to a Christian school, a predecessor institution of Virginia Union University.

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