Silas Omohundro was a Richmondwho also operated, with his enslaved concubine , a complex that included a slave jail and boardinghouse. Born in 1807 and raised on his father’s farm in Fluvanna County, Omohundro worked as an agent for the slave-trading firm , in Alexandria, before moving to Richmond by the mid-1840s. There he ran a boardinghouse for slave traders and a jail where they confined enslaved men, women, and children awaiting sale. Omohundro also engaged in the direct buying and selling of enslaved people, including those he and other traders referred to as “fancy,” a label that indicated that they were to be sold for sexual purposes. Although never legally married, Omohundro had children with at least three different women, including Louisa Tandy and Corinna Hinton, whom he enslaved. With the latter, he had seven children and on at least two occasions introduced the light-skinned Hinton as his wife. In his will, executed in July 1864, Omohundro legally acknowledged Hinton’s children as his own and freed them and their mother.