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Wilder proposes VCU site for national slavery museum in Richmond

By SUSAN SVRLUGA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder has proposed a new site for a national slavery museum: A Richmond building central to the city’s black history now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University. Wilder’s announcement on Thursday came as a surprise to university officials. The building, in the heart of downtown, once housed First African Baptist Church, long a focal point for the black community in Richmond, and is a site on the city’s historic slave trail. Wilder proposed a museum that would be state-owned and funded by the state and private donors.

VaNews May 9, 2014


McDonnell urges $11M for slave history sites

By OLYMPIA MEOLA AND MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed $11 million cash infusion could be the catalyst for a formal commemoration of the history of the slave trade in Richmond, including a slavery museum in an area that encompassed one of the largest slave markets in the antebellum South. The money would funnel to the city for a museum — and according to former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, it’s the one he’s been working on for years.

VaNews December 13, 2013