Commemorative programs, such as historic marker programs, are intended to commemorate the site where an historic event occurred. While the guidelines for different commemorative programs vary, most commemorative programs do not require that the site possess historic integrity. Commemoration helps recognize important historic sites, even when no above- or below-ground structures or materials associated with an historic event remain.
Historical societies or organizations, fraternal organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, private organizations, or individuals propose new historic markers by submitting an application packet to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. New markers must be formally presented to the Board of Historic Resources, which authorizes and approves all historical markers.
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photograph Courtesy of State of Virginia
Execution of Gabriel (Virginia Highway Marker)
Near here is the early site of the Richmond gallows and "Burial Ground for Negroes." On 10 Oct. 1800, Gabriel, an enslaved blacksmith from Brookfield plantation in Henrico County, was executed there for attempting to lead a mass uprising against slavery on 30 Aug. 1800. A fierce rainstorm delayed the insurrection, which then was betrayed by two slaves. Gabriel escaped and eluded capture until 23 Sept., when he was arrested in Norfolk. He was returned to Richmond on 27 Sept. and incarcerated in the Virginia State Penitentiary. On 6 Oct. he stood trial and was condemned. At least 25 of his supporters were also put to death there or in other jurisdictions.