A case involving an African burial ground in Richmond, Virginia is set to go to trial next week. The disputed site is currently a car park. According to the Examiner:
The parking lot has been a subject of contention for at least 20 years. In 1992, a local historian, did research indicating that the parking lot, then owned by VCU, was part of a larger site known historically as the Burial Ground for Negroes. Research indicates that African Americans, free and slave, had been buried in the area since the late 1700s…
…To many Richmonders, particularly African Americans, it is a battle for historical parity. Monument Ave has huge memorials to fallen Confederate heroes showcasing Richmond’s past as the Confederate capitol. Hollywood Cemetery has huge well kept graves of Confederate soldiers. Hollywood Cemetery also houses the grave of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family.