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At this location in the late 1700s to early 1800s, members of Gabriel's Conspiracy met to recruit and select their officers, along with discussing their plans for the revolt. Sam Byrd Jr., a man enslaved by widow Jane Clarke, made the plan to attack Richmond government officials at nighttime. A party of fifty or so people to set fire to wooden structures at the lower part of town, causing citizens to draw to that area and provide an opening to attack upper Richmond, where the Capitol presides.