This large fuel facility would be built at the confluence of fragile city waterways, in a zone already at its limit in environmental and traffic stressors, and over the site of some of the worst historic examples of convict leasing in the South. This fight has been years in the building, and has garnered attention both local and national.

Community Voices

February 12, 2021 – City files petition to protect historic site and Chattahoochee River water supply.  “Our Administration will do everything it can to protect the sanctity and significance of this property,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. 

February 9, 2021 – Former city councilman Derrick Boazman holds a press conference to declare opposition to industrial development of the site, to call for “a lasting memorial, a living sanctuary, an eternal place of rest for the souls who were used”, and lead a wreath laying ceremony at the site of Chattahoochee Brick Company. 

January 29, 2021 – Atlanta civil rights leader Joseph H. Beasley delivers a letter to Norfolk Southern to Cease and Desist from building the Norfolk Southern / Lincoln Energy oil terminal on top of the remains of the victims of the Chattahoochee Brick Convict Leasing Atrocity in West Atlanta.

October 7, 2020 – Neighborhoods Whittier Mill Village & Vinings on the Chattahoochee (representing more than 250 households adjacent to the former Brick property) send a formal letter of opposition to city and state officials, Norfolk Southern, Lincoln Energy Solutions, and stakeholder organizations such as Trust for Public Land, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and more.

September 2020 – Groundwork Atlanta’s summary of the Chattahoochee Brick Company site and issues

September 22, 2020 – The Neighborhoods of NPU D (including neighborhoods Berkeley Park, Blandtown, Bolton, Hills Park, Riverside, Underwood Hills, and Whittier Mill Village) submit a Resolution to the City of Atlanta in opposition to the industrial development on the historic Chattahoochee Brick Site

News & Media Coverage

February 12, 2021 – Molly Samuel, WABE: “Atlanta Moves to Stop Industrial Development at Chattahoochee Brick Site”

February 10, 2021 – Emil Moffat, WABE: “Group Calls for Work to Stop On Chattahoochee Brick Site, Citing Plants Past, Environmental Concerns”

February 10, 2021 – Crucial Conversations Podcast, The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University: “Crucial Conversations – Burial Grounds: The Chattahoochee Brick Co.” 

September 1, 2020 – Molly Samuel, WABE: “Rail Terminal Planned For Former Brick Factory Site Where Convicts Were Forced To Work”

August 21, 2020 – Molly Samuel, NPR: “Amid Debates About Memorials, Advocates Push To Remember Atlanta’s Forced Laborers”

May 10, 2019 Archive Atlanta Podcast: “Chattahoochee Brick”

February 26, 2019 – Talitha LeFlouria, The Root: “This Black History Month, Let’s Recognize the African-American Prisoners Who Helped Build America,”

July 20, 2018 – Gracie Bonds Staples, AJC: “Life with Gracie: ‘This form of slavery was actually legal’”

May 25, 2018 – Douglas A. Blackmon, PBS: The Bricks We Stand On, Episode 3 of the PBS series based on the book, Slavery by Another Name, available on DVD

March 31, 2017 – Mimi Kirk, Bloomberg CityLab: “Forced Laborers Built Atlanta’s Streets. How Should the City Remember Them?” “Will the prisoners who labored to build Atlanta ever be acknowledged?” Josh Green, Atlanta Magazine, February 14, 2017

June 1, 2016 – Molly Samuel, WABE: “Debate Over Empty Lot Unearths Ugly Piece Of Atlanta History”

March 28, 2016 – Maria Saporta, Saporta Report: “Two pending projects threaten dream of Riverwalk Atlanta Park”

January 13, 2009 – Douglas A. Blackmon, Anchor Publishing: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II