Nov. 23: Bike & Walker Tours of Shockoe Bottom
Nov. 25: Release of Shockoe Bottom Economic Study Report
Dec. 4: 3rd Shockoe Alliance Public Workshop
Dec. 7: Shockoe Bottom Public History Symposium
Ongoing: Preserve African American Burial Grounds
Then, as now, the intention of the event was to bring historical facts to past and present realities. That symposium consisted of nine speakers in a single panel, and five of them return for this year's event. Michael Blakey, Elvatrice Belsches, Douglas Egerton, Phil Wilayto, and I will be of the twenty historians, advocates and activists who will update what we knew in 2004. From reclaiming the African Burial Ground, preventing hasty and destructive development plans, to advocating for a protected nine-acre memorial park--where the new and future interpretation of our history in slavery and freedom can be made accurate and visible! So much has happened in those 17 years, much of it unimaginable back then, and is under way because these modest beginnings were timely and reflect our present day debates about racism and what progress means.