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With stadium off the table, Mayor Jones pushing to memorialize Lumpkin’s Jail

August 13, 2015 3:42 pm by

Graham Moomaw has the details on Mayor Jones’ announcement of a renewed push to memorialize the Lumpkin’s Jail site in Shockoe Bottom:

“We’re going to basically have a citywide conversation on the site’s future,” Jones said in an interview Wednesday.

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“We have an idea about the pavilion and what it could look like. We know the Lumpkin’s Jail site, we know what that’s all about,” Jones said. “It can’t go too far from that, but we do want public input, and we want to have their feelings about how the history should be approached.”

The city’s Twitter account sets the first (“of many”) community meetings at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School on September 10.

Ana Edwards and Phil Wilayto, opponents of the Mayor’s earlier proposals for the area, are hosting a community meeting this coming Saturday towards ratification of community-developed “Alternative Plan” for Shockoe Bottom.

IMAGE ABOVE from proposed Lumpkin’s Jail Memorial in 2013


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