Exploring Richmond’s Racial Past and Moving Forward

During this field trip we will actively engage RSS members with this year’s conference theme: ‘Justice and Tyranny: Mobilizing Rural Sociological Imaginations’. First, through a guided walk of the Trail of Enslaved Africans in the morning, we will focus on Richmond’s history of slavery. The Trail of Enslaved Africans is a detailed chronicle of historical events in the area and aims to engage participants in a rediscover, acknowledgement, reflection and healing in past-current conditions. After a lunch, trained facilitators from the Richmond-based organization Initiatives of Change will guide us into a debrief of the morning’s walk. The goal of this debrief is to enable participants to process what can be an emotionally dense walk and to begin a discussion of the present conditions of race and racism and how to move forward.

This field trip is collaboratively organized by the Sociology of Agriculture and Food (SAFRIG) and Rural Race and Ethnicity (RRE) RIGs in partnership with Initiatives of Change.  Through their initiative Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), Initiatives of Change focus on building bridges, through communication, empathy, awareness, and consciousness raising as methods of social transformation to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. This field trip received financial support from the Rural Policy RIG and RSS Diversity funds.

Pre-Registration is required and participation is limited to 30 attendees.

Field trip schedule:

  • 8:00 am: Meet in conference hotel lobby
  • 8:30 am -12:00 pm: Walk of the Trail of Enslaved Africans in Richmond
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Croaker’s Spot – Black owned restaurant
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Morning Debrief with trained facilitators
  • 2:30 pm: Head back to conference hotel on bus

            Professional     $45.00
            Student            $22.50