1/9/22

City Council to Vote on additonal Funding for Heritage Campus & Museum

On Monday, January 10, the regular meeting of Richmond City Council is scheduled to approve two ordinances that will add money to the development of Shockoe Bottom. Click here for a copy of the Jan. 10, 2022 Agenda.


Item 1. ORD. 2021-270, adds $1 million to the Heritage Campus for the purpose of procuring design services and associated community engagement. (See p. 4 of the Agenda)
Item 1. ORD. 2021-270, adds $1 million to the Heritage Campus for the purpose of procuring design services and associated community engagement.

 
Item 5. ORD. 2021-337, gives $300,000 to the National Slavery Museum Foundation for the support of planning and fundraising activities for the establishment of a national slavery museum at the Lumpkin’s Slave Jail / Devil’s Half-Acre site in Richmond. (See p. 6 of the Agenda)
Item 5. ORD. 2021-337, gives $300,000 to the National Slavery Museum Foundation for the support of planning and fundraising activities for the establishment of a national slavery museum at the Lumpkin’s Slave Jail / Devil’s Half-Acre site in Richmond.


Ana Edwards will be addressing the council meeting to raise three points:

1 - City government must begin to promote real transparency in how decisions are being made about the future of Shockoe Bottom.

2 - A space must be made in the decision-making process for representatives of the community who have demonstrated a longtime commitment to the reclamation and proper memorialization of this sacred ground.

3 - City government must prioritize the Black community for receiving the financial benefits that result from the creation of the Heritage Campus and any museum or interpretive center. (See the recommendations in our Equitable Economic Redevelopment Resource Guide)

We are asking you to attend the 6 pm meeting in person with us. If this is not possible, please watch it online. Instructions for submitting comments are below.


To access the meeting, you have the following options:

1. Watch the meeting via Microsoft Teams by clicking the link below.
https://tinyurl.com/rvacouncil-formal-20220110

2. Listen to the meeting audio only from your phone by dialing *67-804-316-9457 and when prompted, enter conference ID: 463 098 532#.

3. Watch the meeting livestream at https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

4. All Richmond City Council meetings are live-streamed and archived on Legistar - https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Video tutorial for people using computers: https://youtu.be/yDljr0RQNQk
Video tutorial for people using mobile phones: https://youtu.be/AWpUnaXq7z8

Detailed information on City Council meetings can be found on this city webpage: Citizen's Guide: https://www.rva.gov/office-city-clerk/citizen-guide

IF YOU WISH TO COMMENT ON THE TWO ORDINANCES, THESE ARE THE CITY’S INSTRUCTIONS:

“To maximize compliance with public health guidance aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the public will have the option to provide their comments by teleconference/videoconference via Microsoft Teams, or in writing via email. Interested citizens who wish to take advantage of either option, must do so prior to 10:00 a.m., on the meeting date, by calling the Office of the City Clerk at (804) 646-7955 and selecting option 3, or sending comments to CityClerksOffice@rva.gov. All written comments received prior to the deadline will be provided to all members of the Council prior to the beginning of the meeting and will be included in the record of the meeting. All Richmond City Council meetings are live-streamed and archived on Legistar.

“*The Office of the City Clerk requests that participants provide digital copies of any handouts intended for the body in advance of meetings via email at cityclerksoffice@rva.gov.

“Masks are required if attending in person.”

If you have any questions, please reply to this email or call the Defenders at 804-644-5834.