Devil’s Half Acre

By  |  April 25, 2017
Path the slaves had to walk through shackled on their way to Lumpkin’s slave pen where they were held before being sent to market. All images © Ajay Malghan Path the slaves had to walk through shackled on their way to Lumpkin’s slave pen where they were held before being sent to market. All images © Ajay Malghan

Artist: Ajay Malghan

Project:  The Richmond Slave Trail

Description: From 1830 to 1860, Richmond, Virginia, was the largest supplier of enslaved Africans on the east coast of the United States. Created in 2011, the Richmond Slave Trail is a three-mile route through an area also known as the Devil’s Half Acre; it contains seventeen points, spanning from the slave ship port at Manchester Docks to Lumpkin’s slave jail. These photographs by Ajay Malghan are part of a larger work documenting the places that mark America’s history with slavery, in the context of the culture and economy slavery built. 


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Ajay Malghan is an artist of Indian descent raised in America. His practice ranges from cameraless use of the chromoskedasic process to documenting the alleys of Hong Kong with a fifty-year-old Mamiya Press 6x9 camera. After stints in Hong Kong and Austin, he is now based in Baltimore. See more of his work on his website or at theundergroundrailroad.com.