Argument

The Richmond National Slavery Museum at Lumpkin’s Slave Jail is a contemporary architectural project meant to provide an educational and reflexive space for Richmond residents and tourists about Black people and the history they created. In its planning period, the design of the building was made using the concepts of Afrofuturism and sustainability, to not only tell Black Richmond’s history but to give Black people the tools to reimagine a better future. While this is an important milestone for Richmond’s accountability process, real change to Black Richmond can not just be enacted in a museum space, it has to go outside its walls.