- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Activists who have battled a ballpark in Richmond’s former slave-trading center are now taking aim at the Confederacy.

With the World Road Cycling Championships headed to the capital city in September, they’re asking that the race avoid Monument Avenue. The activists call it a “virtual shrine to the slavery-defending Confederacy.”

The city’s broad Monument Avenue features towering statuary of Confederate military leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, among others, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The bike races are expected to bring hundreds of thousands of fans to Richmond from around the world.

The activists have battled Richmond City Hall and a plan to develop Shockoe Bottom, a historic neighborhood that once was a center of commerce in the trade of enslaved people.

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