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Two statues stolen from Slavery Museum
Statues stolen from slavery museum garden

Date published: 5/23/2007

By PAMELA GOULD

A month before they were to be officially unveiled as part of the "Spirit of Freedom Exhibit Garden," two giraffe statues were stolen from the U.S. National Slavery Museum site in Fredericksburg.

Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the statues disappeared between Thursday morning and Friday morning. They were worth about $100 each.

Bledsoe had no information as to whether small cameras mounted on five posts spaced around the garden could provide any information. Museum officials were not available for comment.

The museum is to be built on 38 acres within the Celebrate Virginia tourism complex.

The garden is to officially open June 21. Its centerpiece is an 8-foot tall sculpture known as "Hallelujah" that depicts a male slave breaking free of his bonds.

Several smaller statues are also part of the garden, which was designed to provide education and inspiration and help people to better understand what it meant to be a slave, museum officials said last week.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972
Email: pgould@freelancestar.com