Brown Grove: An historic Virginia community is running out of time.

Feb 12, 2021 | Environmental Justice | 1 comment

The community of Brown Grove in Hanover County is knitted together by a single ancestor, a freedwoman named Caroline Morris, who helped found the community during the Reconstruction. Now, all these years later, Caroline’s descendants are still battling injustices.

Brown Grove community has suffered environmental inequities for decades. From I-95 splitting apart their neighborhood, a municipal airport built across the street, and a landfill and concrete plant– and now, Wegman’s wants to build a massive industrial distribution center the size of the Pentagon near their homes.


The proposed Wegman’s project could have detrimental impacts on air and water quality, not to mention the fact that the distribution center would encroach on historic and cultural resources including their ancestors’ burial grounds, remnants of Brown Grove’s schoolhouse, and a tavern linked to Patrick Henry.

On Monday, February 15th from 2-3:30pm, the Brown Grove community will be hosting an Environmental Injustice Town Hall via zoom to raise public awareness about the impacts a project of this scale could have on their community and talk about what the future would look like if the project is carried out.


Join us to help amplify their voices and hear from featured panelists including Del. Elizabeth Guzman, Chris French, Bonnica Cotman, Jonathan Gendzier, Deacon Kenny Spurlock, Rev. Dr. Lakshmi Fjord, and Queen Shabazz. This town hall will be moderated by Peggy Sanner, Virginia Executive Director for Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This is sure to be a good one, we hope to see you there!

Virginia League of Conservation Voters (Virtual) Events Team

1 Comment

  1. Leslie Greene

    I support the efforts of the citizens
    Of Brown Grove in preventing
    Wegmans from building massive
    Distribution Warehouse in their
    Community. Too often our neighborhoods of color are selected
    For industrial and chemical companies who are not allowed to
    Locate in white neighborhoods!!
    Say no to Wegmans!!


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