I don’t know if discussed is completely correct because that implies an exchanging of ideas from two parties. What occurred last night appears to be a little more one sided. From RVA News’ City Council Recap;
The downtown slave burial ground was discussed by King Salim Khalfani, director of the Virginia NAACP. An outspoken advocate for the reclamation of the burial ground, Khalfani asked for the name of the city’s “Slave Trail Commission” to be change to the “Trail of Enslaved Africans Commission.” “African captives were never slaves.” Said Khalfani, “We were and are human beings who were held captive.”
The Slave Trail Commission oversees the reclamation of the burial ground and advises the city on the project.
He also asked that city meetings to discuss the problem be changed from 4pm to later in the evening as it was hard for some people to make meetings at that time.
Khalfani acknowledged the Virginia General Assembly’s willingness to put a budget amendment in to help with reclamation, and was confident that the process would begin soon. He did, however, take issue with the continued use of the land as a parking lot.
“We still want the CARS AND ASPHALT OFF OUR ANCESTORS. We do not go down to Hollywood Cemetery and pay to park our cars on Stonewall’s grave,” said Khalfani. “Every second those cars and asphalt are on our ancestors is a second too long.”