Tuesday, May 24 2011 4:14 PM EDT2011-05-24 20:14:36 GMT
It's official; Richmond now controls a controversial slave burial ground that had been used as a Virginia Commonwealth University parking lot. Tuesday, the city will hold a ceremony to commemorate the move. But some, including those who fought hardest for this to happen, still aren't happy.More >>
Wednesday, May 4 2011 5:20 PM EDT2011-05-04 21:20:43 GMT
Richmond is moving forward with plans to get rid of a VCU parking lot believed to built on a slave burial ground. Wednesday the mayor announced three local contractors are joining together to help remove the asphalt. Decades of gravel and tar and repaving, will soon be dug up.More >>
Thursday, October 21 2010 7:43 AM EDT2010-10-21 11:43:44 GMT
Sa'ad El-Amin wants Governor McDonnell to intervene immediately and stop VCU from parking cars, in the lot at 15th & Broad Streets.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's official; Richmond now controls a controversial slave burial ground that had been used as a Virginia Commonwealth University parking lot. Tuesday, the city will hold a ceremony to commemorate the move. But some, including those who fought hardest for this to happen, still aren't happy.
On the very ground they worked to protect, where they've held countless press conferences and protests, the Virginia NAACP asked again for a change. They object to Michael Rao's presence at a ceremony transferring the land from the school he runs to the city.
"He displayed himself as a man without conscience, care or concern about the blatant and willful desecration and disrespect to our ancestors," said Sa'ad El-Amin.
After years of debate, it was only Saturday when VCU officially banned people from parking on the sacred ground.
At Monday's council meeting, that conflict was put aside. In fact, council members specifically thanked both NAACP leaders and President Rao for their help. Council approved the transfer of ownership and a gift from contractors, who have donated $123,000 worth of construction services to remove the asphalt.
"We hope that tomorrow we will have a good turn out to show how appreciative Richmond is of the work that's being done," said Councilwoman Ellen Robertson.
With that work, a storied history will be uncovered.
"The world needs to know this history and we can't hide it," said Councilman Marty Jewell.