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Would Americans donate $8 to the planned slavery museum in Celebrate Virginia? Most in a random sampling here said yes.

Date published: 9/24/2006

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But Elaine Tompkins of Spotsylvania, who was walking along Caroline Street, said she would not contribute $8 to the museum--she thinks such a facility belongs in Charleston, S.C., not Fredericksburg. And she would prefer that a national museum focus on the achievements of black Americans.

"I think there's too much emphasis put on the slavery part," Tompkins said.

The Rev. Hashmel Turner, a Fredericksburg city councilman, offered the city's greeting at the Black Arts Festival.

He said the appeal has gotten people's attention. Even if it falls short of netting $8 per American, the new wave of donations will go a long way toward building the museum, he said.

"There are many Americans that are going to step up to the plate," Turner said.

For information about the U.S. National Slavery Museum, and to donate, go online to usnational slaverymuseum.org or call the museum's offices at 540/548-8818. Donations can also be mailed to the United States National Slavery Museum, 1320 Central Park Blvd., Suite 251, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

To reach KELLY HANNON:540/374-5436
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com


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