Africatown residents protest oil pipeline construction

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Protestors oppose a Plains pipeline and gather for a rally on McKinley Street, while work crews prepare the area for its construction.

February 07, 2014 at 5:23 PM,

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MOBILE, Alabama – There were no “miracles” Friday to stop the bulldozing of a backstop where Cleon Jones once played baseball many years ago.

“They call it all in the name of progress,” said Jones, a pivotal member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” team that won the World Series, and a professional baseball ballplayer from 1963-1976. “They are certainly tearing out history.”

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Jones and wife, Angela, both residents in the Plateau community, sat in a parked vehicle to survey an area north of downtown Mobile that has become a construction site for a Plains Mobile Inc. crude oil pipeline.

There was nothing they could do but watch. A few feet away from them, about 20 protestors from the community showed up to discuss their concerns about the pipeline project, which will be under construction for approximately the next two months.

The protestors stood close to the Mobile County Training School’s property line, which is where Jones played baseball as a high school student in the early 60s.

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