The Headman Statue

The Headman Statue on Brown’s Island depicts a 19th century James River boatman — also known as a headman — and commemorates the early contributions of African-Americans to commerce in Richmond. Boatmen were essential to Richmond’s canal system, which provided faster transport of raw materials and finished goods around the falls of the James.

  • The statue is 14 feet high with a 23-foot “sweep,” or oar.
  • It was designed and created by Paul DiPasquale.
  • The bronze version of the statue was unveiled in November 1993.
  • More than 22 historic markers are within walking distance of the Turning Basin and Riverfront Canal Walk.


Along the Riverfront Canal Walk, a public park open from dawn to dusk