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“My plan will build up the site and generate the dollars to create a heritage center so more people can see this wonderful site and know this wonderful history. Some have said we’re trying to build a ballpark on that site, but it’s simply not true. In fact, three years ago, I fought to reclaim teh historic slave burial ground and work with the community to remove asphalt and now it’s a wonderful, quiet place of contemplation. Our future plans are to beautify it even more.”

Jones says there is a ballpark planned but not at the former burial ground site, as has been reported. The City of Richmond is looking to raise $30 million for further improvements to the burial ground site, which he says will not be impacted by the ballpark construction.

“It will in no way impact the sacred ground,” Jones says.

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