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Work begins on the tract for U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia project.

Date published: 12/22/2004



The slavery museum is being built within the Fredericksburg portion of the Celebrate Virginia tourism complex--a Silver Cos. development that is to include golf courses, hotels and a convention center.

A buffer of trees and a natural decline in the land is being left between the museum site and the one for the planned convention center.

The museum site is visible from southbound I-95 as travelers approach the bridge over the Rappahannock River. It sits above a quarry and about 200 yards left of a billboard that currently advertises for Shoney's.

The U.S. National Slavery Museum was inspired by founder L. Douglas Wilder during his term as Virginia's governor. Wilder, the grandson of slaves and the nation's first elected black governor, has said the idea was born while visiting Goree Island in West Africa.

Wilder held a ceremonial groundbreaking last December in the Fleming-Smith Room at Kenmore Plantation & Gardens.

To reach PAMELA GOULD: 540/657-9101 pgould@freelancestar.com

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