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"VCU to Park Cars on African Burial Ground"

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Richmond, Virginia - July 12, 2008 - New research from the VCU advisory Equity & Diversity Committee shows that VCU has an unofficial white’s only policy with white people holding all of the top administrative positions at this urban university. According to the study; white males were satisfied with VCU’s commitment to diversity in the predominately black city of Richmond VA. Perhaps this is a residual effect of the legacy of terrorism and human enslavement often swept under the rug of Richmond Virginia history. These facts should give us a reason as to why VCU would seek to sacrilegiously park automobiles on the gravesites of Africans who were stolen, sold and bred in the Capital of the Confederacy.

Virginia Commonwealth University has purchased the parking lot at 15th and East Broad streets under which lies the more-than-200-year-old “Burial Ground for Negroes.” This is the oldest Black cemetery in Richmond and one of the oldest in the entire country. It is also the site of the execution, on Oct. 10, 1800, of the great African rebellion leader Gabriel "Prosser". VCU has temporarily closed the parking lot, saying it intends to “upgrade” it.” One block away stands the Auction Block where literally 100,000 Africans were sold yearly from 1807 to 1865 after Britain abolished the international slave trade.

Join the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) for the Richmond African Burial Ground Symposium on Sunday, July 27th at Nubian Village Academy. The event will start at 5pm. The event will feature a panel discussion consisting of Richmond community leaders Ana Edwards of the Defenders of Freedom, Justice and Equality, Janine Bell of the Elegba Folklore Society, Jonathan Davis; Richmond Virginia 3rd district City Hall election candidate, and Dr. Ayaba Bey of Universal Truth Ministries. Nubian Village Academy is located at 2022 Sledd Street behind the main post Office.

The UNIA-ACL is a social, friendly, humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost to work for the general uplift of the people of African ancestry of the world. For more information about this event or the organization please call 804-389-2682 or visit us online at

Sundiata Obasi
P.0. Box 25694
Richmond, VA

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