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The devil's half acre : the untold story of how one woman liberated the South's most notorious slave jail Book
Book | First edition. | Seal Press, New York : 2022.

  • 0 of 2 Copies Available at Libraries in Niagara Cooperative
  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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Branch Call Number Location Holdable? Status
Centennial HISTORY USA LUMPK-G 2022 New Books Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out
Fleming 306.362092 Lumpk -G Adult Non-fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out

Kristen Green tells the hidden story of young Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who sought freedom and lit a path for liberation for thousands more. Enslaved and separated from her family when she was a child, Mary Lumpkin, born 1832, was later forced to secretly marry and have the children of the brutal slave-trader Robert Lumpkin. Together they lived on the premises of his notoriously cruel slave jail in Richmond, Virginia, known as the 'Devil's Half Acre.' In this destitute setting, Mary Lumpkin not only found a way to educate and free her children-and herself-but she managed to create something monumental. When Robert Lumpkin died and left his jail to Mary, she rented The Devil's Half Acre to a Baptist missionary and helped transform it into 'God's Half Acre,' a place where freed Black men could be educated. These same grounds where enslaved people were tortured and held before slave auctions eventually became the cornerstone for Virginia Union University, one of the nation's first HBCUs, which is still open today.

  • ISBN: 9781541675636
  • Physical Description: xii, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Seal Press, 2022.
  • Bibliography, etc. Note:
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Formatted Contents Note:
    Chosen ones -- "That which is brought forth follows the womb" -- The thing we can't name -- So well acquainted -- Anthony Burns and the Fugitive Slave Act -- Leaving the South -- Richmond families in Philadelphia -- Capital of the Confederacy -- After the war -- "God's half acre."

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