A group picks up litter on the historic Richmond Slave Trail

RICHMOND, Va. — Keep Virginia Cozy, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Virginia’s wilderness and cities, held its second annual trash cleanup Saturday in honor of Black History Month.

Volunteers gathered at Ancarrow’s Landing to remove litter from the historic Richmond Slave Trail, which chronicles the history of the slave trade from Africa to Virginia in the 1800s.

As the volunteers cleaned up, they enjoyed coffee from Crossroads Cafe and a special guest from the American Civil War Museum shared the importance of the area and Richmond’s rich black history.

“We are a community organization, and a community is made up of everyone. A big part of that, and what we do, is trying to be inclusive so everyone comes out,” said Keep Virginia Cozy founder Brian Bell. “And we don’t just want to go to those places and pick up the trash and leave without having any contact or connection with them.”

Keep Virginia Cozy has removed more than 45,000 pounds of trash from Virginia’s waterways, parks and neighborhoods since its inception in 2017, according to group officials.

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