Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Burial ground altar vandalized!


It was very distressing to learn about this. Read and listen to full story here: http://wvtf.org/post/richmonds-african-burial-ground-vandalized#stream/0. It's been cleaned up. There is a hope in realizing that someone understands that this place means so much that vandalizing it would make a statement - of some kind.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Presentation of charette results

The 9 acre footprint of the Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park.

Final Community Meeting

for the 
Community Design Charrette for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park

at the

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

blackhistorymuseum.org

Friday 6/3
5:30 - 7:00 pm

See the progress. Weigh in. 

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Design charette media coverage:

June 3: Richmond Free Press - Malik Russell
June 3: NPR - Mallory Noe-Payne
June 1: Times-Dispatch - Ned Oliver
May 23: UMass Amherst News and Media Relations - Wesley Blixt

Shockoe Bottom. Our African Burial Ground. The Devil's Half Acre.  Gabriel and Nanny.  Anthony Burns.  Solomon Northup.  Garland White.  Mary Bowser.  Red-lining.  Vagrancy laws.  Oppression based on class and race, or just race, or just class.  Freedom. Sacrifice. Resistance.  Education.  Self-Emancipation. Who is telling the stories? Jubilee. Who are the stories for? You. Maggie Walker (Woman. Black. Banker. Organizer) and Arthur Ashe (anti-apartheid breakthrough tennis player and education activist). Now that we know, what's next? NINE ACRES. What else do we want? To undermine the underdevelopment of our neighborhoods. What else do we want? Respite. Stability for our elders soon to be our ancestors. Security for our children already our descendants. How much do we get? How much do we insist upon? Who sees the the height of the ceiling and then through it to the sky?  We. Do.