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Library of Virginia Foundation (Richmond, VA 23219-1905)
Barbara C. Batson (Project Director: August 2013 to present)

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade

Implementation of a traveling and an online exhibition, educational workshops, and a one-day symposium examining the American domestic slave trade through the paintings and engravings of British artist Eyre Crowe (1824-1901).

"To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade" is an exploration of the visual and material culture of the American domestic slave trade captured through the paintings and illustrations created by British artist Eyre Crowe based on his 1853 visit to Richmond's slave market. Crowe's works captured the complexities and pathos of American slavery and the internal slave trade. "To Be Sold" uses Crowe's works as the basis to explore Virginia's role as a mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market to the Lower South and the inner workings of the market itself--the most profitable economic activity in terms of gross receipts in Virginia and possibly the nation. "To Be Sold" is the first exhibition to explore and examine the development of the visual and material culture of the internal slave trade. The project is comprised of a traveling exhibition (January 2015-March 2016), a one-day, two-site webcast symposium, and a catalog.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$82,988 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 5/31/2016