The dedication of the reconciliation statue represents the completion of nearly ten years of work between Richmond City Council, Liverpool, England, and the Republic of Benin.
For three quarters of the 18th Century, Liverpool, Benin and Richmond represented one of the largest global commercial trade triangles of enslaved Africans. Liverpool's shipbuilding industry provided the vessels that sailed to places like the Kingdom of Dahomey, now the Republic of Benin, where Africans were loaded onto ships and transported to the Americas. Richmond, was a major part of the triangle and a major recipient of slaves. The statue raised here will represent this nation’s role in the import and enslavement of Africans on American soil.
The Republic of Benin and Liverpool, England have already erected similar statues to reconcile their history of participation in the slave trade. The placement of the Slavery Reconciliation Statue in Richmond will close the triangle, as well as, provide a visual and lasting testament to global peace, unity, and harmony
Northwest corner of 15th and East Main Streets in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip.