Advocates call on Mayor Stoney to take a stand on proposed slavery memorial park in Shockoe Bottom

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Advocates are calling on Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to take a stand on a proposal to create a slavery memorial park in Shockoe Bottom.

This group, who’s been fighting for three years, is demanding answers from Stoney on Wednesday at the 15th annual Gabriel Forum at the city’s African Burial Ground. 

The city does have plans for a memorial site at the Lumpkin’s Jail, but these advocates want more than a site. They want a nine-acre memorial park that would include the Devil’s Half-Acre, the African Burial Ground and the two blocks east of the CSX railroad tracks bounded by East Broad, East Grace and North 17th streets. 

Members of the group Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality have also sent an open letter to Stoney asking him where he stands on their proposal to expand the memorial park. 

Wednesday’s forum is set to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click or tap here for additional details. 

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