HANOVER (April 13, 2021) – Hanover County NAACP will host a press conference at 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 to announce a legal appeal of the recently issued permit to build a Wegmans Distribution Center, the size of the Pentagon, in the Brown Grove Community. The Press Conference will be held at the historic Brown Grove Baptist Church.

After letters and appeals to the DEQ, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the State Water Control Board over the past year, the residents of the Brown Grove Community are still not being heard. The Hanover County NAACP requires that the voices of this community be heeded.

President Patricia Hunter-Jordan stated, “For years, the voices of this community of color have been ignored for the gain of corporate entities. Despite an overabundance of evidence presented to the state water control board from environmental experts, geologists and lawyers, the board still agreed to allow the permit to move forward in a 4-3 vote.”

The Hanover County NAACP notes a pattern of disenfranchisement of Black Communities. Jackson Ward, Union Hill and now the Brown Grove Community, which will be uprooted by corporate development if we don’t unite to condemn this ongoing practice that tears apart Black Communities. President Jordan stated, “We can no longer sit idly by and watch the destruction of our people to appease corporate wealth.”

Press Conference DETAILS:
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 5:00PM (All Media Please arrive at 4:30PM for set – up)
Location: Brown Grove Baptist Church
Address: 9328 Ashcake Rd, Ashland, VA 23005

The Hanover County Branch was established in 1946 at the First Union Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia with the dream of having an organization dedicated to the realization of the principle of equality and justice for all. Through civil rights advocacy and community involvement we continue the struggle to achieve freedom, justice and dignity for all. Our strength is derived from the dedication and untiring efforts of our volunteers. Individual membership, fund raising activities and corporate sponsorship allows this organization to continue serving the community.

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Media Contact
Heather Greenwell
C: 804-505-4824
NAACP | Hanover County Branch
PO Box 2112, Mechanicsville, VA 23116