The New Afrikan Independence Movement Supports The Memorial Park For Memorialization of The Domestic Slave Trade of Our Afrikan Ancestors and Being A Sacred Space where Thousands of Our Ancestors Are Buried and Being The Area Where One Of Our Great New Afrikan Revolutionaries And His Comrads Were Executed At Hung on The Gallows With Ropes Like So Many of Our Brothers and Sisters Through Out The South and U.S. Settler Government History, Also This is Where The Great General is Presumed To Be Buried At on These Lands Where Thousands Were Sold From The Upper South To The Deeper South We Demand That This Area Be Properly Memorialized As it is Important to US New Afrikans and Our History , Struggle , Identity , and Nation , Struggle Forward and Free The Land!!! – Haki Kweli Shakur ATC-NAPLA-NAIM


On Monday, Oct. 10, Mayor Jones will hold a press conference at the site of Lumpkin’s Jail to announce that he has selected the firm that will be in charge of developing a memorial there. Oct. 10 will be the 216th anniversary of the execution of Gabriel at the African Burial Ground. Jones has never mentioned Gabriel, just like he has never mentioned any historical figure who actually fought against slavery. His message is suffering and reconciliation, but nothing about resistance. His plan for Lumpkin’s Jail would use up all available city and state money for Shockoe Bottom memorialization, but does nothing to protect the African Burial Ground – an omission that should be setting off alarm bells in everyone’s heads – or the rest of Shockoe Bottom. The design firm he has chosen has 300 staff members, of whom just TWO are African-Ammerican. Check it out: Please join us at the Gabriel Forum Oct. 9 and show your support for the Community Proposal for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park. Share this page and invite your friends. We need a good turnout on Sunday. The support is there, but it has to be visible. Join us? By Phil Wilyato The Defenders

Brief History of Richmond’s Virginia  Slave Trade

Shockoe Bottom has another, deeper significance: As much as any other area, it’s where people from many different African cultures were forged into a new nation, one bearing a common oppression and a common history of resistance.

As the United States approached the end of the 18th century, the hideous system of slavery came under increasing attack. Then the invention of the cotton gin in the mid-1790s renewed the demand for super-cheap agricultural labor.

In 1803, France, deeply shaken by the recent successful slave revolt in its former colony of Haiti, sold its vast holdings in North America to the United States, spurring the development of huge new plantations in the Deep South.

But the new plantation owners soon had a problem: U.S. involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade was banned by a bitterly divided Congress in 1807.

Virginia slaveholders, faced with failing soil and an expanding slave population, sensed a business opportunity. Already the state with the most slaves, Virginia became a breeder state, where human beings were literally grown as a cash crop.

And one of the biggest markets was located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.

Between 1808 and the end of the Civil War, some 300,000-350,000 people of African descent were sold out of the valley’s auction houses. By 1865, the Black population in the United States numbered about 4 million. That means that millions of African-Americans today can trace at least part of their ancestry to this small piece of real estate in Richmond.

In a sense, Shockoe Bottom is the Goree Island of the United States.

That story is seldom told in Richmond, or anywhere else, and never in its entirety until now.

Haki Kweli Shakur ATC-NAPLA NAIM 10-1-51ADM1475341585875

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