A years-long effort on three continents culminated in the March 31, 2007 unveiling of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue not far from Richmond's former slave market in Shockoe Bottom. The 15-foot, half-ton bronze sculpture was created by Stephen Broadbent.
The reconciliation project emerged from apologies for slavery issued by officials in Liverpool, England, and Benin in West Africa. Liverpool prospered from the slave-carrying ships and Benin prospered as the point where slaves were sold in exchange for goods. Richmond was once one of America's busiest slave centers - more than 300,000 were sold from Richmond pre-Civil War.
The statue is part of the Richmond Slave Trail, an initiative to raise awareness and increase informational accuracy about Richmond's role in the slave trade.