John Rolfe, the illegal alien who became famous for marrying the native princess Pocohontas, was also the businessman who introduced a particularly valuable strain of Virginia tobacco to England, thus creating a market that required large-scale agriculture, which in turn required enslaved labor to be profitable.
Some two dozen people gathered at Richmond’s African Burial Ground on October 10th for the 16th Gabriel Forum, an event to honor the great slave rebellion leader Gabriel on the anniversary of his execution.
Longtime advocates for Shockoe Bottom have sent an Open Letter (see below) to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney asking him to finally take a stand on whether he supports the community-generated proposal for a nine-acre memorial park.
PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL PRESERVATION GROUP CALLS RICHMOND’S SHOCKOE BOTTOM MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC SITE IN U.S.
“We see this as a site of conscience and one that shouldn’t just be quickly covered up with a baseball stadium,” Meeks said.