SmithGroupJJR has a thoughtful, deliberate, and collaborative approach to its Cultural Work. 

We do not claim to have all of the answers – so we tailor consulting teams to specific project needs and have everyone at the table from the beginning – sharing expertise and providing group feedback.  For emerging places and sites, our team begins with research and understanding followed by a methodical approach to defining the project, its goals and messages through the Statement of Purpose.  We follow this with the development of a Visitor Experience Plan and only then do we define it spatially with a Design.  Each experience is tailored to take advantage of a specific context and draw upon neighborhood, local, regional, and national connections.

We view this as a crucial aspect to the success of this unique story in its unique setting.

We do not know WHAT this will be: a visitor’s center, a museum, a pavilion, a tour, a network, a center of research.  We do know that through this process, with engaging community consultation and feedback we will define what will be done at this site.

Completed Phases

Photo by University of Richmond Living-Learning Programs. Creative Commons license.

Photo by University of Richmond Living-Learning Programs. Creative Commons license.

  • Slave Trail Development
  • Initial Archaeological Investigations
  • Burial Ground Purchase
  • Initial Funding of Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Site / Devil’s Half Acre Project

Current Phase

Future Phases

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  • Fundraising
  • Organizational Planning
  • Research and Interpretive Story Development
  • Operational Plan
  • Design and Documentation
  • Bid, Fabrication and Construction
  • Opening