In this week's Spotlight we feature "Richmond Virginia Uncovered" by Nancy C. Frantel
Richmond is located in the heartland of Virginia on the free flowing water of the James River. The James brought much pain, for it was by this river that the slave boats arrived and unloaded their imprisoned passengers in the 1700s and early 1800s. History has not left a complete story of those who lived and died in the area. Records were lost as a result of fires over the years, including during the Civil War. Many slaves purchased in Richmond were transported to other Southern states as demand for labor increased in those regions. Fortunately information has survived to ensure that some of those who passed through this land are permanently documented. The Richmond City Sergeant Register is one of those precious records. The transcribed entries preserved on these pages portray the hardships experienced by the enslaved and free blacks in the area.
Slaves were jailed as runaways and discharged to their owners or sold if not claimed. Free blacks were jailed for supposedly not carrying their free papers (registers) when approached and questioned on the street or apprehended by other means. After proving their freedom and discharged, they were frequently unable to pay their jail fees. This inability to pay resulted in being sold or hired out at the public auction just a few blocks away. The length of service required to repay this debt ranged from months to as long as 59 years.
The book includes a full name index and a slave and free black sentencing chart.
Nancy Frantel was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Her parents owned a farm equipment business which had been started by her grandfather. She worked in the business along with her two brothers until going to college. Ms. Frantel attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She immediately started working in the corporate arena. Part of the time she worked in supervision at Walt Disney World in Florida. It was during this period that she witnessed questionable activities by management. She became concerned with how the company treated others, which was important in her path of becoming a writer.
When she moved with her family from Florida to Midlothian, Virginia, a historic coal mining town, she became involved in public safety concerns. She worked with a key Virginia General Assembly representative in 2006 on a safety disclosure issue. The result was legislation that became law later that year.
Her path as a research writer intensified after attending a county public meeting and watching an acquaintance get falsely arrested. Ms. Frantel, as well as many others, saw the gentleman lose his freedom in an instant. This observation and the resulting experience with the charge made a lasting impression, and her path as a researcher and writer was sealed.
Ms. Frantel uses primary source archival material in her books to document the activities of the past with the hope of using the material to grab your attention. Then she uses her Christian faith to drive through the painful historical research to encourage her readers, as well as herself, to treat others with more respect and compassion.
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