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Flying Squirrels ballpark site under historical review

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says a proposed Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark site is under archaeological and historical review, but opponents say the plan doesn’t ensure potential preservation. A central issue in the ballpark-development plan has been the significance of the ballpark site in Shockoe Bottom, once the second-largest slade-trading site in […]

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Flying Squirrels ballpark plan advances

The Richmond City Council voted 6-3 tonight to advance a controversial Shockoe Bottom plan for a new Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark and other development for further negotiations. The vote came after a long night of testimony, featuring those who argue the ballpark plan, coupled with associated economic development both in Shockoe […]

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Richmond ballpark opponents: Map used to justify location is incorrect

The creator of a slave-trade map used by Richmond officials says it’s not accurate and should not be used to justify the construction of a new Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark in Shockoe Bottom. A map of Shockoe Bottom slave-trade sites was created in 2000 by Richmond historian Elizabeth Cann Kambourian. She’s […]

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Alternative plan pitched for Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom: No new ballpark

A group opposing a new Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark have proposed an alternate plan for Shockoe Bottom: no new ballpark, large slave-trade memorial. The three-page proposal from a group of activists and historians led by Phil Wilayto calls for the same level of development in the area — hotel, office space, […]

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Didn’t take long: Opposition rises to Shockoe Bottom ballpark site

We predicted this would happen when Shockoe Bottom was revived as a Richmond ballpark site: local proponents of a slave-trading museum don’t see baseball as an appropriate use of the historic site. Former Mayor Doug Wilder pushed Shockoe Bottom as the site of a ballpark for the Richmond Braves (Class AAA; International League), but it was opposed […]

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