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Monday, July 20 • 9:45am - 10:45am
The Future of Shockoe Bottom

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This session presents a point and counterpoint on the future of Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom--a hub of the U.S. African slave trade between 1830 and 1865. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones's Revitalize RVA plan offers a mixed-use development centered on a new ballpark. Supporters say the new stadium would revitalize the neighborhood, bring net revenue and jobs into the city over the next twenty years, and open up the existing stadium site for economic development; all while continuing to honor the area’s African-American heritage. Opponents of the proposal say the placement of the stadium will destroy the neighborhoods urban grid, displace historic uses and events, and dishonor the site as a memorial and heritage tourism area. Although they support development on the Boulevard and non-sacred areas of Shockoe Bottom, they feel the neighborhood should be developed as a national historic district. Richmond’s Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project and its allies are developing an alternative vision memorializing Shockoe Bottom’s sacred areas via a parkland, museum, genealogy center, bookstore, performing arts space, and educational conference center. Once completed, supporters of this alternative intend to present the plan to the Richmond City Council. This session discusses the merits of both plans.

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Ana Edwards

Ana is chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, a 2004 initiative of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, a Richmond-based social justice organization which grounds its work in the principles of the right of oppressed peoples to self-determination. She worked for 8 years to help reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground, and is currently engaged in the community struggle to preserve and memorialize historic... Read More →
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Rob Nieweg

Field Director & Attorney, Washington Field Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Rob has worked as a historic preservation advocate since 1989, when he directed Landmark West, a citizens group on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rob joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1995 and has helped save historic places and strengthen the preservation movement in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, West Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Today, Rob leads a team of Field Officers working to... Read More →

Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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