The ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail has been postponed a week due to VCU’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four (true), but when I saw the rest of this in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke:
A local activist group criticized the delay of a ceremony to unveil markers along the Richmond Slave Trail because of the NCAA basketball tournament, an event Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Gov. Bob McDonnell are attending in Houston to cheer on Virginia Commonwealth University.
“In light of the city’s inexcusable postponement of Sunday’s ceremony honoring sites associated with Richmond’s dominant role in the U.S. slave trade, the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality have informed the city’s Slave Trail Commission that we will no longer be participating in this event,” the group announced Thursday.
The ceremony was rescheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. April 10 at the Lumpkin’s slave jail archeological site in Shockoe Bottom. The Defenders, however, are calling on the community to hold its own independent event 3 p.m. this Sunday — Richmond’s Emancipation Day — at the burial ground.