October 10

It rained almost without a stop for the entire 1.5-hour 18th Annual Gabriel Gathering and, yet, people stayed. 

Nearly 90 people attended the Gabriel Gathering on Saturday, October 10, 2020,
standing at pairs of white and yellow carnations laid out in a 10-foot grid across the grounds.
Photo credit: Brian Palmer

The program drew attention to the community's long-time efforts to ensure that the African and African American public history landscape in Shockoe Bottom is known, made visible, and preserved for the future. Presentations pointed to Gabriel and the attempt to end slavery early in our nation's development, the work to reclaim Richmond's first municipal burying ground for enslaved and free black people as well as the current work to reclaim the second site, the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground, established in 1816. 

Joseph Rogers of the Virginia Defenders.
Photo credit: Brian Palmer

View of guests from speaker's tent.
Photo credit: Brian Palmer

Gabriel descendant Pamela Bingham of Writing New Narratives Project,
Ana Edwards of the Sacred Ground Project, and Joseph Rogers of the Defenders.
Photo credit: Brian Palmer

Queen Zakia and Steve Shabazz of the Afrikan Ancestral Chamber. 
Free Bangura and friend from Untold RVA.
Photo credit: Brian Palmer


18th Annual Gabriel Gathering

RSVP via Facebook

ADDRESS for DIRECTIONS: 1541 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23219 

PARKING: Parking lots near the Devil's Half Acre (E. Broad and Grace) and the Burial Ground (Oliver Hill Way and E. Marshall):

Recent Media:

Oct. 6, 2020 - Style Weekly, Gabriel Gathering: The 18th annual commemoration of Gabriel’s Rebellion continues push for preservation of historic land. by Karen Newton

Oct. 5, 2020 - In the Frequency of Hope with host Stephanie Clark on WRWK 93.9 FM - the archived live-streamed video interview begins at 1:05:30.