Right There Once: A Sound History For The Trail of Enslaved People

March 1, 2018

For Public Release:                                                                                       

The public is invited to experience A Sound History For The Trail of Enslaved People, a newly premiered archive of personal stories, reflections, and historical perspectives intended to enrich the interpretation of this significant historical site in Richmond, VA. Four years in the making by Richmond-based sound artist Vaughn Garland, the archive is available as a sound walk. Using mobile technology, visitors and residents can access resources—including the compelling voices of sixteen community activists, historians, and experts—to learn more about the site and the enslaved people who lived, worked, and suffered here, and whose lives and legacy have had indelible impact on the city, region, and nation.

The self-guided sound walk follows a three-mile pathway along the banks of the James River in Richmond. Through internet-based GPS and Google mapping technology, visitors with smart phones and tablets can access a guided audio tour that is responsive to physical location on the trail. 

The archive is also fully accessible from any location through any web-connected device.

In addition to audio archives, A Sound History For The Trail of Enslaved People includes portraits and images by Richmond photographer Michael Lease.



Imam Ammar Amonette, Islamic Center of Virginia

Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus University of Richmond

O. Janine Bell, President and Artistic Director of Elegba Folklore Society

Rev. Benjamin Campbell, Richmond Hill

Rev. Dr. Paige Lanier Chargois, Consultant, Formerly of Hope in the Cities and Initiatives of Change 

Christy Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, The American Civil War Museum

Rob Corcoran, Strategic Advisor at Initiatives of Change, founder of Hope in the Cities, and author of Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility.

Ana Edwards, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of The Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality

Free Folasade Egunfemi, Founder, Untold RVA

Gregg Kimball, Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia

Dr. Maurie McInnis, Vice President and Provost, The University of Texas at Austin

Chief Terry Price and Annette Price, Wolfe Creek Cherokee Museum

Rev. Sylvester Tee Turner, Director of Reconciliation Programs for Hope in the Cities and Commissioner of the Slave Trail Commission

S. Waite Rawls III, President, The American Civil War Museum Foundation

Jennifer Hurst Wender, Director of Museum Operations and Education, Preservation Virginia.

Ralph White, Former Manager, James River Park System

Contact Dr. Vaughn Garland for additional Information.  Garlandvw@gmail.com, 804-869-0065

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