5:30 p.m. – Book signing and author meet-and-greet
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Walking tour
Join the Valentine and American Civil War Museum for a special evening discovering stories of one of Richmond’s most important historic sites – the Devil’s Half Acre and African Burial Ground. Starting at the Valentine First Freedom Center, author Kristen Green will sign copies of her 2022 book The Devil’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South’s Most Notorious Slave Jail. Green’s acclaimed book explores the story of how a formerly enslaved woman, Mary Lumpkin, transformed one of Richmond’s most notorious sites of terror into a space of liberation and education for African Americans following the Civil War. After the author meet-and-greet, ACWM Education Programs Manager Ana Edwards will lead a walking tour of the Shockoe Bottom site and share insights into her research and ongoing work to preserve it.
Copies of Kristen Green’s book will be available for sale through the Valentine in advance and during the event.
Location: Meet at the Valentine First Freedom Center, 14 South 14th Street; parking validation is available for the Lanier Parking deck at 1410 E. Cary Street.
Tour length: Approximately 1-mile round trip.
Space is limited and advanced tickets are required.