Today the Richmond Times-Dispatch published a rather strange opinion piece related to the significance of Shockoe Bottom’s slave market history and the bubbling controversy about building a baseball stadium in that neighborhood.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently listed Shockoe Bottom among the 11 most endangered historical sites in the U.S. Unfortunately, the designation does little besides add one more talking point about a subject that has been talked nearly to death. The National Trust’s assessment is brief and superficial.
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So according to the RT-D if the National Trust for Historic Preservation can’t say “No,” in a new way — something that hasn’t seen said before — it should butt out of our local controversy. For some of us who remember Virginia’s history in the ’50s and ’60s, this attitude has a familiar ring to it.
Moreover, this editorial misses the point that Shockoe Bottom’s history matters to the nation; it isn’t just something for us in Richmond to settle without considering the larger picture. That’s exactly why the National Trust for Historic Preservation weighed in. It looked at a situation and felt a brighter spotlight needed to be pointed at it.