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May 24, 2011

The VCU parking lot is finally closed! 

On Tuesday, May 24, the City of Richmond will officially take possession of the site of the African Burial Ground. Join us at 10:30 am for a ceremony to mark the beginning of the removal of the parking lot asphalt from the graves of the ancestors and celebrate this victory that is the result of nearly 20 years of community struggle.

And on Wednesday, May 25, please join us to support the four members of the Richmond African Burial Ground Community Organizing Committee (COC) arrested April 12 after successfully shutting down the VCU parking lot. (Details above.)

We encourage you all to stay involved as the memorializing of this sacred ground goes forward. The COC will continue to attend the monthly meetings of the City's Slave Trail Commission to help ensure community input into this process.

For more information, contact the COC c/o the Defenders at or 644-5834 (area code 804)

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