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Opponents of the Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium rallied again Thursday, this time with a boost from a famous name: Solomon Northup.

At a rally in the Bottom on Thursday evening, descendants of Northup, whose story is featured in the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave," read from their ancestor's account of his experience in a Shockoe slave jail in 1841.

A sign marking the area where Northup was purportedly held was affixed to the wall of the former Weiman's Bakery building at 17th and Grace streets, the same corner where Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced the development proposal last year. Activist Phil Wilayto placed the marker over a private-parking sign on the wall of the building, which was purchased by developers involved in the stadium proposal.

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