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12 Years a Slave descendants join fight against Shockoe stadium

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The fight to keep a ballpark out of Shockoe Bottom is getting help from the descendents of "12 Years a Slave" author, Solomon Northup.

Linsey Williams and Jason Dixon Northup Gilliam traveled to Richmond on Thursday to join opponents of Revitalize RVA.

Constituents, advocates and residents took a pilgrimage together through Richmond's slave history from the Lumpkins Slave Jail site to the Goodwin-Templeton Slave Jail, where Northup was held.

There, Williams and Gilliam read the words of their great-great-great-great grandfather to the crowd of people.

"For me to have that connection here," said Williams. "I think other people deserve to have that connection and if there's a baseball stadium here that opportunity is lost."

The Mayor's "Revitalize RVA" plan would include a slave heritage museum and promises to bring in big bucks.

"This is sacred ground, do not disturb, no stadium allowed!" The group chanted at the final stop, the African Burial Site.

The Shockoe baseball stadium will be discussed at City Council later this month, though shovels are scheduled to break ground here by August.

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