Cobblestone Courtyard at Lumpkin's Jail Site
Original Author: Nicholas M. Luccketti
Created: December 31, 2008
Medium: Digital photograph

Cobblestone Courtyard at Lumpkin’s Jail Site

This section of cobblestone paving, which includes a brick drain, was uncovered during 2008 archaeological investigations of the Lumpkin's Jail site, in the Shockoe Bottom district of Richmond. Slaves awaiting auction were held, sometimes for long periods of time, in slave pens on the property. This area was the central courtyard of the complex—a place where most of the incarcerated slaves spent their days.