2015 Community Proposal for a Memorial Park

Click here to learn about our visit to Auschwitz Memorial Site and the Schindler Factory Museum and how it helped us connect the experience to Shockoe Bottom. 

Click here to see the design charrette updates to the the concepts in the original proposal.

Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park - Crane & Broad street becomes a front yard entrance for pedestrians to move from local amenities throughout the Bottom - a beautifully landscaped park of historic markers, public art monuments, interpretive places flowing continuously between distinctive yet integrated segments that represent the many aspects of the city's history over the last 300 years: African Burial Ground & Jewish Cemetery, Gabriel's Rebellion & Patrick Henry's Speech, First Freedom Center & Lumpkin's Jail Archaeology Site, "Shockoe Creek" & 17th Street Farmers Market, the James River ...

Proposal Documents:
  1. Slide Presentation: A Community Proposal for Shockoe Bottom
  2. Full Proposal (cover, text, images) - 12 pt.
  3. Alphabetical list of all ideas submitted during Community Brainstorming Sessions - 12 pt.
  4. Full Proposal (text only) - 18 pt.
  5. Alphabetical list of all ideas submitted during Community Brainstorming Sessions - 18 pt.
African Burial Ground - a place of honor, memory, of spiritual contemplation.
Histories include: Gabriel's Rebellion, Nan, the town gallows, and town
commons, Shockoe Creek, Council Hill ...

Lumpkin's Jail Archaeology Site - an interactive place of discovery and ongoing
learning. Histories include: Anthony Burns, Mary and Robert Lumpkin, USCT
Chaplain Garland White, Reverend Nathaniel Colver ...

"Shockoe Creek" - a beautiful flowing water feature that raises awareness of the
historic creek along which Richmond was founded in 1737.

Additional archaeological sites can be explored and when appropriate become
part of the park's features. 

 A starting point: beautiful, historical, educational, economical.

All renderings used in the Community Proposal for Shockoe Bottom were created and contributed by George Schroeder (c) 2015. 


  1. Beautiful! Great job and nicely represented. I hope your proposal is accepted.

  2. this is the very nice post. it's looking very great


  3. Amazing vision and so eco-friendly. This will help create resiliency markers and contribute to the health of the community.

  4. What a wonderful vision-- a powerfully democratic statement. Just what the Capitol of the former Confederacy needs most----an eloquent corrective to Monument Avenue and its overbearing statues of Confederate "heroes"