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FROM THE CHAIR
 
As the cultural heart of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, the mission of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project is to draw the connections of past to present into a stronger web of knowledge and planning for the future. 
 
It is our vision that we can strengthen one another's struggles and win victories for a healthier, more humane and respectful world by 
recalling and promoting the historical people, places and actions that set the precedents for our present lives. This historical awareness will inform our contemporary participation in social, political and cultural dynamics at home and abroad. We are a global society: nothing is new, and nothing is closed to us.
 
Ana Edwards
Chair, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
Return and Get It: Learning, Understanding, Strength & Progress
 

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TO HONOR THE LIVING MEMORY

One component of honoring this site will be bestowed when the descendants of those enslaved and oppressed people can walk proudly into a place of honor for their ancestors, and into their rightful places as participants in Richmond's long, complex, and ongoing story.

CALENDAR IN BRIEF

lifelong learning
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Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
"even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night."
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.

Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.

"Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward" by Gwendolyn Brooks

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strength through unity and readiness

STRUGGLE is a creative act - JumP With iT

Visit the historical marker honoring the life and struggle of Gabriel, slave rebellion leader, located on the sidewalk overlooking the endangered "Burial Ground for Negroes" at 1554 E. Broad Street, in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom Historic District.