Target: David Napier, President of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association
Goal: Prevent construction of stadium on historic African-American land
Recently, in the neighborhood of Shockoe Bottom, there has been talk of building a baseball stadium. While officials believe that this stadium will stimulate the economy in an otherwise poor neighborhood, many residents are infuriated at the idea of building a stadium on historic land. The proposed stadium will be built on African burial ground, as well as the former site of the Lumpkins Jail. Some residents call this area “ground zero” because of its historical and sentimental value. Many African Americans in Shockoe Bottom feel that their ancestors fought long and hard on this land, thus it should be preserved in order to preserve their history.
If a stadium was to be built at Ground Zero in New York, the country would be in an uproar. This situation is no different. Just because Shockoe bottom is much smaller than New York does not mean that residents are any less attached to their historical land. Many officials argue that since it is not going to be a big stadium, it should not matter to residents. However, if residents feel that their ancestors land is being disrespected, they have every right to protest this stadium regardless of its size. In order to protect this historical African-American burial site, this stadium must not be built. Demand that there is no stadium built in Shockoe Bottom.
Dear David Napier,
Recently, it was revealed that officials want to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom even though many residents are upset over the idea. While the stadium is likely to generate jobs in this low-income community, it is to be built on historic African-American burial grounds. Many residents in the area feel strongly about this land on which their ancestors fought and were buried. In fact, some citizens refer to this land as their “ground zero.” They want to preserve the memories of their ancestors and respect their history.
While you may argue that it is “not Yankee stadium,” but rather a small stadium, the size of the building does not matter if you are still building on sacred historical ground. It is not the size of the land, but the sentimental value of it that matters. You would not want someone building a stadium on land that your ancestors fought and died on, so what makes the residents of Shockoe Bottom any different? It is extremely important that this stadium is not built. In order to preserve important history and keep residents of Shockoe Bottom happy, you must not build this stadium.
[Your Name Here]