Thursday, May 19, 2011

Asphalt Removal Begins Tues. May 24 at 10:30 am

At 11:40 am this morning, 19 May, the Defenders Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project received and accepted the invitation of the mayor's office to participate in the asphalt-breaking ceremony on Richmond's African Burial Ground next Tuesday, May 24th. At 1:48 pm the city issued the following press release announcing the event:

CITY OF RICHMOND

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release Contact: Tammy Hawley

Thursday, May 19, 2011 (804) 646-3110

Tammy.Hawley@Richmondgov.com

Richmond African Burial Ground Restoration to Begin

~Mayor to lead group that will begin lifting the asphalt~

WHO: Dwight C. Jones, Mayor, City of Richmond

Delores McQuinn, Chair, Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission

Kathy Graziano, President, Richmond City Council

Ellen Robertson, Vice President, Richmond City Council

Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council

Michael Rao, VCU President

King Salim Khalfani, Virginia State Conference NAACP

F. Todd Gray, Pastor, Fifth Street Baptist Church

Janine Bell, Elegba Folklore Society

Ana Edwards, Defenders Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project

WHAT: Removal of the asphalt from the Richmond African Burial Ground

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Richmond African Burial Ground

1554 East Broad Street

BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced that three contractors have joined forces to donate services to the city of Richmond for the removal of the asphalt and gravel from Richmond's African Burial Ground. The city will officially take possession of the site on Monday, May 23, 2011. This event will mark the beginning of the asphalt and gravel removal from the 3.4-acre site. The asphalt and gravel that is presently covering the Burial Ground and use of the area as a parking lot has met with much public dissension over the last several years.

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