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Opponents of ballpark in Richmond's former slave-trading center to offer an alternative


RICHMOND, Virginia — Activists battling the development of a baseball stadium in Richmond's former slave-trading center are developing an alternative plan.

They'll provide details Friday on what they say is a plan that would block any future attempt to build a ballpark in the city's historic Shockoe Bottom section.

Ana Edwards of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project says she'll also discuss a proper memorial for the tens of thousands of enslaved people who passed through Shockoe Bottom.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has led efforts to build the minor league baseball stadium as part of a broader economic development project.

In the decades leading to the Civil War, Shockoe Bottom was second only to New Orleans in the commerce of human slavery.

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