“Africatown has a history like no other.”
When it was first announced that The Clotilda had been found, Mobile’s city council voted that any remains to the Clotilda would be placed on exhibit in the museum located in Mobile’s Municipal Park. That decision would not help the Africatown community because Africatown has dreams of its own community museum. To have that museum built around the remains of the Clotilda would be a tremendous spark for the revitalization of the community . . . .
The Africatown community is one of several city gems that are located on the dock of the Mobile River (which flows into the Mobile Bay) that are paramount to the success of the tourism industry in the city of Mobile . . . .
Twenty years ago, Africatown historian and community leader Henry Williams, led a group of 40 Africatown residents to Mobile’s City Planning Commission meeting to protest the construction of an asphalt plant being constructed by Hosea Weaver & Sons Inc. on Bay Bridge Cut-Off Road in Africatown . . . .
The proposed storage tank ordinance on the table for Mobile will affect the Africatown community more than any other community in the city because Africatown has a mixture of residential and industrial zones with only streets used as buffer between the two. The proposed ordinance, as written, is not acceptable . . . .