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Africatown residents protest oil pipeline construction

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Protestors oppose a Plains pipeline and gather for a rally on McKinley Street on Feb. 7, 2014, while work crews prepare the area for its construction.

February 07, 2014 at 5:23 PM,

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MOBILE, Alabama – There were no “miracles” Friday to stop the bulldozing of a backstop where Cleon Jones once played baseball many years ago.

“They call it all in the name of progress,” said Jones, a pivotal member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” team that won the World Series, and a professional baseball ballplayer from 1963-1976. “They are certainly tearing out history.”

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Jones and wife, Angela, both residents in the Plateau community, sat in a parked vehicle to survey an area north of downtown Mobile that has become a construction site for a Plains Mobile Inc. crude oil pipeline.

There was nothing they could do but watch. A few feet away from them, about 20 protestors from the community showed up to discuss their concerns about the pipeline project, which will be under construction for approximately the next two months.

The protestors stood close to the Mobile County Training School’s property line, which is where Jones played baseball as a high school student in the early 60s.

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The Story of Mobile’s Africatown Pipeline

Published on Mar 8, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. — Joe Womack of Africatown is not happy with the administration of his old school, the Mobile County Training School, from where he graduated in 1968. He is not happy with the administration of his home town of Mobile. And he’s afraid for the 250 kids who attend the middle school now that Plains Southcap has pushed forward with digging an oil pipeline right through the school yard.

On the day construction began, he and other members of the historic African-American community where the last known shipment of slaves landed in the United States, were staging a protest.

“The next thing we knew they were plowing right through the field,” he said in an interview this past weekend right after Mardi Gras ended and Lent began. “We don’t like it. We don’t appreciate it.”

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Mobile looking to create historic districts in two black communities

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MOBILE, Ala. — The city of Mobile wants to create two new historic districts in black communities near downtown Mobile.

A city-paid consultant will survey the Africatown and Oakdale areas.

Africatown, located near the Plateau community in north Mobile, is the neighborhood founded by many of the Africans who arrived on the last slave ship to reach America.

The Oakdale community includes about 1,300 buildings in south Mobile, south of Virginia Street and west of Interstate 10.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said he’s glad to see more black neighborhoods get recognition from the city. Africatown in particular, he said, could use its past to become a major tourist draw.

“There’s a lot of history in those communities,” he said.

The council voted to hire Shaun Wilson to conduct the surveys. He will walk through the neighborhoods, taking pictures and assessing the historical significance of every building in them, said Keri Coumanis, assistant director of the Mobile Historic Development Commission.

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