The Headman Statue
By Ryan Gaeth
The Headman Statue is a memorial to the early contributions to the city of Richmond's commerce by African Americans.
This statue represents the African American population of RIchmond's role in making the city what is is today. Specifically to this statue, the hard work of the bateauxman that carried goods in their boats down the dangerous rapids of the James River. Between 1820-1840, when trade on the James was at its highest, there were estimated to be as many as 500 bateaux traveling down the river. These men did dangerous work, but they did it bravely and got the job done, and who knows where the city would be now if not for those men.
This statue was designed and created by an American artist named Paul DiPasquale. it is located on Brown's Island, in Richmond.
This is the second of two headman statues. There was a first, fiberglass, statue that was stolen, and those who stole it also vandalized it and shot holes in it. in 1989. The city replaced it with a newer, bronze statue that was unveiled 4 years later.