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National Slavery Museum Archive

Slavery Museum Timeline

April 29, 2001: Celebrate Virginia South eyed as a possible location for National Slavery Museum

August 10, 2001: Silver Companies donate land for Slavery Museum

August 16, 2001: City unanimously approves $1 million loan for museum

October 8, 2001: Fredericksburg chosen as Slavery Museum site

March 2, 2002: Museum land deed restrictions are binding, Silver lawyers say

March 27, 2002: City approves $1 million loan to museum

December 5, 2002: Museum officials say it will open in 2007

August 13, 2003: Museum hires new executive director

December 4, 2003: Museum holds off-site groundbreaking ceremony

March 13, 2004: Museum seeks grant to build slave ship replica

June 4, 2004: Wilder runs for Richmond mayor; Questions raised about museum

August 30, 2004: Experts doubt museum will be ready to open by 2007

September 25, 2004: Entertainer Bill Cosby attents black-tie fundraiser for museum at UMW

December 22, 2004: Crews start clearing land at museum site

July 17, 2005: Museum director, unhappy with city's commitment, says museum may move from Fredericskburg

Debember 4, 2005: Council raises questions about how museum spent $1M loan money

September 23, 2006: Cosby, Wilder ask every American to give $8 to fund museum

June 22, 2007: Spirit of Freedom garden opens at museum site

March 3, 2008: City says museum has 4 months to begin construction

June 25, 2008: City denies museum's requesti for exemption from real-estate tax

February 21, 2009: Overdue taxes, departure of director leaves doubt about museum's future

February 28, 2009: Museum's permit to solicit donations expired in 2008

December 29, 2010: Land sale looms for museum site

February 13, 2011: Artifact donors say museum ignored their requests to have items returned

September 23, 2011: Museum files for bankruptcy to protect land from sale; Owes architect firm $5M

August 17th, 2012: Judge dismisses bankruptcy case; Museum says it will pay overdue taxes

December 6, 2012: City has not received tax payment, takes steps to proceed with land sale

March 11, 2013: Museum lawyers say project is still alive, despite looming sale of land

Eighth-grader Mekayla Walter volunteers to help clean The Spirit of Freedom exhibit garden on Feb. 23, 2013. The garden--the only completed portion of the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia South--has been sitting vacant and untended since 2011 when the museum filed for bankruptcy. (Suzanne Carr Rossi/The Free Lance-Star)

Wilder describes plans for new museum

BY STEVE SZKOTAK / ASSOCIATED PRESSRICHMOND—Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder resurrected his vision of a national slavery museum on Thursday, proposing to locate it in a former ... May 08, 2014 in The News Desk.

Wilder hopes to revive slavery museum in Richmond

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTSFormer Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is taking his vision of a national slavery museum to Richmond.Wilder has been in discussions with Richmond Mayor Dwight C. ... Nov 13, 2013 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum gives up city land; stadium backers reach deal on Celebrate Virginia site

BY BILL FREEHLING / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Developers of a minor league baseball stadium and amateur sports complex are reverting to their original plan of building on the 38 acres w ... Oct 21, 2013 in The News Desk.

Wilder considering another bankruptcy filing, T-D reports

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting this morning that former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is considering filing for bankruptcy again to forestall sale of the 38 acres donated for th ... Sep 06, 2013 in City Beat.

Baseball partners eye slavery museum land

BY PAMELA GOULD / THE FREE LANCE–STARThe partners seeking to build a multipurpose stadium in Fredericksburg are currently focused on acquiring the land in Celebrate Virginia South ... Aug 29, 2013 in The News Desk.

City supports new baseball stadium concept

BY PAMELA GOULD / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Fredericksburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support building a multipurpose stadium in Celebrate Virginia South that would be ho ... Aug 27, 2013 in The News Desk.

Slavery Museum files response to Fredericksburg case

The National Slavery Museum argues that the city of Fredericksburg committed fraud by knowingly placing an "incorrect and grossly inflated" assessed value on the 38 acres where the ... May 07, 2013 in Business Insider.

Slavery museum land value debated

BY CHELYEN DAVIS / THE FREE LANCE–STARThe city’s attorney in the slavery museum case says a new land appraisal done for the museum shouldn’t have any effect on the muse ... Apr 26, 2013 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum’s deed restrictions still intact

RELATED: See COMPLETE coverage on the slavery museum saga BY CHELYEN DAVIS / THE FREE LANCE–STARRICHMOND—A federal judge has rejected an effort by the U.S. National Slav ... Mar 19, 2013 in The News Desk.

Judge to rule next week on slavery museum land case

MORE:National Slavery Museum archived coverage By Chelyen Davis The Free Lance-Star RICHMOND -- A federal judge said he’ll rule next week on whether to dismiss an effort by ... Mar 15, 2013 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum land still in limbo

BY BILL FREEHLING An attorney for the National Slavery Museum on Monday said the organization still wants to move forward on the long-delayed project in Fredericksburg.Richmond-are ... Mar 11, 2013 in The News Desk.

Slavery Museum attorney: Project still active

An attorney for the National Slavery Museum on Monday said the organization still wants to move forward on the long-delayed project in Fredericksburg. Richmond-area attorney and ... Mar 11, 2013 in Business Insider.

New twist in National Slavery Museum saga

The National Slavery Museum has hired a well-known Richmond-area attorney and Virginia House of Delegates member less than a week before a Fredericksburg hearing on the fate of the ... Mar 07, 2013 in Business Insider.

Teen’s school project: Clear an unruly garden

BY LINDLEY ESTES While her eighth-grade classmates at Freedom Middle School in Spotsylvania County were in class Monday morning, Mekayla Walter was cutting through the abundant ... Feb 26, 2013 in The News Desk.

New idea on design of slavery museum

A sculpture in the Freedom Garden is surrounded by overgrowth and weeds at site of the Slavery Museum. in Celebrate Virginia on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. (Reza A. Marvashti / T ... Dec 20, 2012 in The News Desk.

City takes step to auction off former museum site

A sculpture in the Freedom Garden is surrounded by overgrowth and weeds at site of the Slavery Museum. in Celebrate Virginia on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. (Reza A. Marvashti / T ... Dec 06, 2012 in The News Desk.

City still waiting for Slavery Museum tax payment

BY CHELYEN DAVIS When a federal judge dismissed the U.S. National Slavery Museum's bankruptcy case a month ago, he did so in part because the museum's attorney promised its over ... Sep 19, 2012 in The News Desk.

Museum donor wants his artifacts returned by Wilder

By Chelyen Davis A man who donated nearly 100 artifacts to the U.S. National Slavery Museum says that even though a judge last week dismissed the museum’s bankruptcy case, he st ... Aug 20, 2012 in The News Desk.

Judge dismisses slavery museum's bankruptcy case

  By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND—In an unexpected change of course, a federal judge has dismissed former Gov. Doug Wilder’s U.S. National Slavery Museum’s bankruptcy case. M ... Aug 17, 2012 in The News Desk.

Judge wants Wilder to testify

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND —A federal bankruptcy court judge hearing the U.S. National Slavery Museum case said  Wednesday that he wants former Gov. Doug Wilder to testify at a h ... Aug 15, 2012 in The News Desk.

More arguments scheduled in Slavery Museum bankruptcy case

By Chelyen Davis Former Gov.  Doug Wilder’s bankrupt slavery museum is due back in court this Wednesday to prove that it can reorganize and pay off its debts. The Fredericksb ... Aug 13, 2012 in The News Desk.

Fredericksburg objects to latest slavery museum plan, says it's too vague about selling land

By CHELYEN DAVIS The city of Fredericksburg still opposes the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum’s plan to sell part of its land at Celebrate Virginia to pay its debts. Th ... Jul 24, 2012 in The News Desk.

Judge gives slavery museum time to bolster plan

BY CHELYEN DAVIS RICHMOND—A judge has postponed to August a hearing on the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum’s reorganization proposal and is urging museum officials to use ... Jun 27, 2012 in The News Desk.

Architect opposes Slavery Museum land plan

BY CHELYEN DAVIS An architectural firm owed several million dollars by the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum says it never agreed to a plan to sell part of the museum’s land ... Jun 26, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum due back in court

BY CHELYEN DAVIS THE FREE LANCE-STAR The embattled and bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum is expected to learn this week whether it can move forward with reorganization, or ... Jun 24, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum wants to sell some Celebrate land

BY CHELYEN DAVIS The bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum is now proposing to sell part of its 38 acres at Celebrate Virginia to help pay off its debts. In a new version of ... Jun 20, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery Museum responds to Celebrate Virginia

BY CHELYEN DAVIS The bankrupt U.S. National Slavery museum says Celebrate Virginia has no right to attempt to force the museum to liquidate. In recent filings with the bankru ... Jun 18, 2012 in The News Desk.

Celebrate Virginia, Stafford storage firm file against slavery museum

BY CHELYEN DAVIS Celebrate Virginia is asking a Richmond bankruptcy judge to force Doug Wilder’s U.S. National Slavery Museum to liquidate. And Hilldrup Cos. in Stafford Coun ... Jun 07, 2012 in The News Desk.

City challenges Slavery Museum bankruptcy plan

BY CHELYEN DAVIS The city of Fredericksburg says the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s bankruptcy reorganization plan is unfeasible and unlikely to succeed. In an objection file ... May 25, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum hearing delayed

BY CHELYEN DAVIS A federal bankruptcy judge has agreed to delay for a few weeks the next hearing in the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s bankruptcy case. The museum was due in co ... May 16, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum donations dropped steeply

BY CHELYEN DAVIS Federal tax forms for the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum for the past four years show that donations to the museum dropped steeply in 2008, the last year ... Apr 19, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery Museum faces court deadline

BY CHELYEN DAVIS THE FREE LANCE-STAR RICHMOND—The bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum has until June 6 to win over creditors to its reorganization plan, and prove to a judge ... Apr 11, 2012 in The News Desk.

City drops push for Slavery Museum liquidation

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND—Fredericksburg’s lawyer agreed Wednesday to withdraw his motions to appoint an examiner or move the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s case to liquidation. ... Feb 29, 2012 in The News Desk.

Museum bankruptcy lawyer says it has filed past-due IRS tax returns

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND— Fredericksburg’s lawyer agreed Wednesday to withdraw his motions to appoint an examiner or move the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s case to liquida ... Feb 29, 2012 in The News Desk.

IRS revokes U.S. Slavery Museum's tax-exempt status

RICHMOND - (AP) — The U.S. Slavery Museum has lost its federal tax-exempt status. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/ztQGlq) the museum was added Wednesday to a list of o ... Feb 23, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum files plan to pay its debts

BY CHELYEN DAVIS RICHMOND—The bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum has filed a reorganization plan that counts on $900,000 per year in donations and would repay the city of ... Feb 20, 2012 in The News Desk.

Museum gets liability insurance coverage

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND—The bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum has bought an insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London. The policy is intended to protect the museum and ... Feb 07, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum asks for extension

BY CHELYEN DAVIS RICHMOND—The lawyer for the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum wants more time for the museum to file tax returns for four years. Sandra Robinson, the museu ... Feb 01, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum accountant says no funds missing

BY CHELYEN DAVIS RICHMOND—An accountant hired by former governor Doug Wilder’s bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum says he can account for $1.6 million in donations that were ... Jan 31, 2012 in The News Desk.

Museum gets delay in bankruptcy case

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND—A federal bankruptcy judge here  Wednesday agreed to give the U.S. National Slavery Museum another month to restart fundraising and come up with a reor ... Jan 18, 2012 in The News Desk.

Judge rejects Slavery Museum's request to delay hearing

By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND -- It appears the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s bankruptcy case will be in court Wednesday, whether or not museum trustee Doug Wilder can make it. F ... Jan 17, 2012 in The News Desk.

Slavery Museum denies discrepancy

Documents Memorandum in support of motion for appointment of trustee or examiner or for conversion of the case to Chapter 7 Debtor's reply to city of Fredericksburg's motion fo ... Jan 13, 2012 in The News Desk.

Wilder seeking delay in museum hearing

BY CHELYEN DAVIS Former Gov. Doug Wilder wants a federal court to postpone its next hearing on the bankruptcy of the U.S. National Slavery Museum so that he can address the ... Jan 06, 2012 in The News Desk.

City's lawyer questions accuracy of Slavery Museum's bankruptcy filing

PDF: See the motion filed by attorney Jeffrey Scharf, who represents the City of Fredericksburg. By Chelyen Davis RICHMOND—The lawyer representing Fredericksburg in the U ... Dec 20, 2011 in The News Desk.

Museum files more bankruptcy details

 By Chelyen Davis The  U.S. Slavery Museum owes creditors more than $7 million, and doesn’t appear to have any money to pay them. That’s according to new documents filed today ... Oct 05, 2011 in The News Desk.

Slavery museum files for bankruptcy

(9/23/2011) Slavery Museum files for bankruptcy

MUSEUM OWES $5M MORE

(8/17/2011) New York City architectural firm has $5 million judgment against U.S. National Slavery Museum.

SALE NEXT FOR SITE OF SLAVERY MUSEUM

(8/16/2011) As tax deadline passes, Fredericksburg officials take steps to sell property for National Slavery Museum.

OPINION: Museum woes

(7/20/2011) The city moves to sell the Slavery Museum property for back taxes

Slavery Museum site set for sale

(7/17/2011) Land where slavery museum would have been to go up for sale by Fredericksburg.

OPINION: Gray on black

(4/15/2011) Mr. Wilder's slavery museum may never come to Fredericksburg

OPINION: Artifactually

(2/17/2011) Therbia Parker deserves his slavery artifacts, Mr. Wilder

City officials haven't heard Wilder's plans

(2/17/2011) Museum not any closer to happening, despite blog post

Slavery museum will be built, Wilder says

(2/16/2011) Wilder says slavery museum will be built in Fredericksburg

Slavery museum donors 'ignored'

(2/13/2011) Contributor to National Slavery Museum wants his artifacts returned, can't get a response from museum officials

COLUMN: Museum plans transparent

(1/27/2011) There are important lessons to be learned from the story of two museums about black history

Land sale looms for museum site

(12/29/2010) U.S. National Slavery Museum owes Fredericksburg in excess of $140,000 in back taxes; if taxes go unpaid, land is eligible for sale starting Saturday

SLAVERY MUSEUM SUPPORTED

(4/21/2010) Governor supports slavery museum

OPIINON: Smoke damage

(3/7/2010) Can Mr. Wilder save his museum?

State forces Wilder to address museum

(3/5/2010) Wilder confirms he is no longer fundraising for proposed slavery museum in Fredericksburg

Pulse weak on Wilder plan

(12/5/2009) Signs of life hard to find for slavery museum former governor envisioned for Fredericksburg

Wilder: Slavery museum will stay

(3/13/2009) Wilder says museum will be built and in Fredericksburg

OPINION: Not by

(3/8/2009) Richmond aggresses

Slavery museum failed to file state registration

(2/28/2009) Slavery Museum's registration to solicit donations lapsed in May 2008

Slavery museum eyed in capital?

(2/27/2009) Richmond delegate says that city should be considered.

OPINION: Showing us his Bottom

(2/27/2009) Does Richmond covet Doug Wilder's slavery museum?

Slavery museum's future in doubt

(2/21/2009) Overdue taxes and apparent departure of director raise questions about slavery museum's status

Slavery museum revenue, spending increased in 2007 MUSEUM EXPENSES

(11/22/2008) U.S. National Slavery Museum tax return shows organization in the black for 2007 but raised less than $1 million

OPINION: Wilder times

(10/30/2008) Doug Wilder, a history-making politician, wraps up his career

Planners back giving museum extension

(7/31/2008) The Fredericksburg Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for the U.S. National Slavery Museum's request for an extension of a special-use permit

Museum extension draws no comment

(7/10/2008) A public hearing to discuss the extension of the U.S. National Slavery Museum yielded no comments from the community

COUNCIL DENIES EXEMPTION

(6/25/2008) Fredericksburg officials consider tax-exemption request from Slavery Museum

Slavery Museum cites state exemption

(6/22/2008) Nonprofit tax exemptions debated

OPINION: The No-Newseum

(6/18/2008) Doug Wilder and The 'Burg: Can't we start over?

Slavery Museum releases donor list

(6/17/2008) U.S. National Slavery Museum releases list of donors

Cosby, Silvers top Slavery Museum donor list

(6/16/2008) Comedian Bill Cosby, The Silver Cos. and its chief executive officer are listed as million-dollar donors to the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

Former governor makes plea to City Council

(6/11/2008) Wilder makes pitch for tax exemption

Slavery museum faces deadline

(5/25/2008) Slavery museum requests extension of construction deadline

OPINION: Museum murk

(3/25/2008) As the clock ticks on city permit for National Slavery Museum, fundraising for the facility reaches low ebb

City clock ticking on Slavery Museum

(3/13/2008) Slavery museum running short on time to begin work under city permit

Information on slavery museum hard to get

(2/20/2008) Would you like to know how plans are progressing for the U.S. National Slavery Museum--so would we

PLAN GIVES SLAVERY MUSEUM $100,000

(12/18/2007) Governor proposes $100,000 in state funds for slavery museum

Slavery museum donations drop

(12/1/2007) Slavery museum's fundraising dips by more than half despite Warner Theatre gala and appeal from Cosby

Motorcyclists raise money for slavery museum project CRUISING FOR CHARITY

(9/2/2007) Motorcyclist group holds Freedom Ride to benefit planned U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg

Motorcycle club crusades for museum

(8/26/2007) Crusaders Motorcycle Club hosting benefit ride for U.S. Slavery Museum

Slavery museum garden blooms

(6/22/2007) Slavery museum garden opens

Two statues stolen from Slavery Museum

(5/23/2007) Statues stolen from slavery museum garden

Garden to bloom before museum

(5/19/2007) Slavery Museum to open garden as construction schedule gets pushed back

OPINION: Smoke in their eyes

(3/23/2007) The Slavery Museum should keep its tobacco money

Slavery museum to keep tobacco money

(3/20/2007) Slavery Museum rejects call to return tobacco money

Make a movie with the Cos!

(3/20/2007) Museum's viral video campaign lets viewers appear with Bill Cosby.

Project to break ground soon?

(2/22/2007) Council gets its regular update on Celebrate Virginia

Museum can help solve problems

(2/13/2007) Slavery museum official speaks at UMW

Museum gift nearly paid back

(1/28/2007) Slavery Museum gift close to being paid back by Celebrate Virginia property owners

OPINION: Murky and slow

(12/27/2006) The National Slavery Museum seems to be making little headway

Slavery museum fundraising increases

(12/21/2006) Fundraising up for slavery museum, according to 2005 tax filing

Kaine backing museum funds

(12/19/2006) Kaine includes funds for the slavery museum in his budget amendments

Database to help slaves' descendants

(10/27/2006) State joins with black history museum, genealogical society to create online database to help descendants of slaves find family roots

Cosby's call gets thumbs up

(9/24/2006) Would Americans donate $8 to the planned slavery museum in Celebrate Virginia? Most in a random sampling here said yes.

Slavery museum's appeal

(9/23/2006) Doug Wilder and Bill Cosby ask every American to give $8 to help fund the museum, which is to be built in Fredericksburg.

Museum offers gala discount to city schools

(6/1/2006) Students, parents, teachers and staff can purchase tickets to see Bill Cosby, Ben Vereen at Washington fundraiser for 'thank-you' price of $25.

City Council gets last report

(4/7/2006) Slavery Museum submits final annual report to city.

Museum chief seeks citizenry's support

(3/3/2006) U.S. National Slavery Museum is set for completion in 2008, its executive director tells NAACP.

Sharing pieces of history Local couple donates items to slavery museum

(2/18/2006) Fredericksburg couple donates more than 150 items to U.S. National Slavery Museum

Museum eyes D.C. gala site

(2/14/2006) Site of postponed New York City event not free, as slavery museum official had expected.

TIME TO ANTE UP: Wilder, Vereen request donations for National Slavery Museum

(2/8/2006) National Slavery Museum officials ask corporate America to contribute to their effort

Museum to host events

(1/30/2006) Guided public tours, celebrity golf tournament, Civil War re- enactment in the works for the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

Museum gives city more data

(1/26/2006) City gets more information from Slavery Museum, as meetings focus on moving past questions about the $1 million.

Some museum data turned over by city

(12/22/2005) Fredericksburg city manager provides some documents from U.S. National Slavery Museum.

Slavery Museum schedules New York City fundraiser with actor-dancer Ben Vereen

(12/15/2005) Slavery Museum schedules New York City fundraiser with actor-dancer Ben Vereen

Slavery Museum won't share studies

(12/15/2005) Slavery Museum, Fredericksburg officials still working out plan to meet, discuss spending.

Council under criticism Slavery Museum issues stir ruckus

(12/14/2005) Residents blast City Council members Devine and Kelly for questioning U.S. National Slavery Museum expenses

Museum, planners at odds

(12/9/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum, FAMPO disagree on application, endorsement for grant funds.

City Council to debate museum spending

(12/4/2005) Fredericksburg mayor to talk with Slavery Museum officials about how they spent city loan money

OPINION: Double play

(11/20/2005) Let's hear more about the slavery museum

Museum eyes more city funds

(11/18/2005) City officials are willing to consider additional money for slavery museum, but want more openness about the project.

Slavery museum reports spending

(11/16/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum releases spending report.

From hotels to the slavery museum, Mayor Tomzak gives the inside word STATE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG UNION

(9/25/2005) A state of the Fredericksburg union message from the city's mayor

Museum planning D.C. gala

(8/31/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum planning fundraiser at Washington's Constitution Hall

Council raises roof for slave ship

(8/10/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum gets approval for full-scale slave ship replica

How museum officials plan to use ship to tell slavery's story

(8/5/2005) How museum officials plan to use ship to tell slavery's story

Museum wins aid for ship $189,000 will help build replica

(8/5/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum approved for federal funds to help build replica ship

City likes museum update

(7/28/2005) City Council members pleased with information provided by U.S. National Slavery Museum, but some still have questions.

Museum's request supported

(7/27/2005) Residents testify in favor of height variance for U.S. National Slavery Museum's slave ship.

Give peace a chance

(7/26/2005) Slavery Museum would benefit from more robust dialogue with the public, and this newspaper

OPINION: Let candor govern slavery museum's story, and its methods

(7/23/2005) Let's have complete candor from the officers of the National Slavery Museum

Museum planning clarified

(7/19/2005) Museum director says U.S. National Slavery Museum will stay in Fredericksburg

Museum director unhappy with city's commitment

(7/17/2005) The director of the U.S. National Slavery Museum has raised the possibility that the museum will move from Fredericksburg

Slavery museum pulls fee request

(7/15/2005) Slavery museum yanks its request for construction-fee waiver, to surprise of some Fredericksburg City Council members

The Big Shush

(7/15/2005) City Council must give the Slavery Museum due scrutiny.

Slavery museum fee waiver up in air

(7/13/2005) City Council votes to delay U.S. National Slavery Museum's request for fee waivers.

Slavery museum spending outpaces contributions

(7/10/2005) Slavery museum spent more than it raised last year

Questions that were submitted to museum officials

(7/10/2005) Questions that were submitted to museum officials

Council seeking museum data

(7/10/2005) Fredericksburg City Council seeks details about U.S. National Slavery Museum before granting more financial incentives

Planners back height change for museum's centerpiece

(6/30/2005) Planning Commission urges City Council to grant variance so museum can house a slave ship.

Museum seeks fee waiver

(6/11/2005) City Council members say they're willing to discuss request to help ease construction costs.

Slavery museum's opening is delayed

(6/9/2005) Fredericksburg Planning Commission considers U.S. National Slavery Museum request for height variance

Museum seeks to raise roof for slave ship

(5/6/2005) Plan for slave ship prompts officials to request permit for U.S. National Slavery Museum's hallmark

Museum is making big connections

(4/23/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum's name was linked to high-profile projects in 2004.

Slavery Museum moves forward

(4/23/2005) U.S. National Slavery Museum gives account of progress.

Crew starts clearing site of slavery museum

(12/22/2004) Work begins on the tract for U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia project.

Smithsonian taps museum advisers

(12/9/2004) Two members of U.S. National Slavery Museum's board join Smithsonian's African-American history project

Thanks for support of slavery museum

(10/16/2004) Thanks for support of slavery museum

Cosby to kids: Graduation, not gangs

(10/12/2004) Comedian Bill Cosby, campaigning for Richmond mayoral candidate Doug Wilder, speaks to students at four of the state capital's public schools.

Cosby's racist comments about museum bothered me

(10/10/2004) Cosby's racist comments about museum bothered me

Slavery exhibit a hit

(10/8/2004) U.S. National Slavery Museum's exhibit at UMW closes today

Museum misses slave-ship grant

(10/5/2004) U.S. National Slavery Museum fails to qualify for government grant for slave ship but could try again

A cause for the Cos

(9/25/2004) Bill Cosby begins quest to raise millions for National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg

Telling the whole story

(9/24/2004) Slavery museum will tell many stories, supporter says.

Hey, hey, hey: 'Cos' is coming

(9/18/2004) Entertainer Bill Cosby and former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder are expected for a U.S. National Slavery Museum event on Friday

Editorial failed to portray exhibit's purpose

(9/12/2004) Editorial failed to portray exhibit's purpose

A towering giant's grand vision

(9/11/2004) U.S. National Slavery Museum board member and eminent historian shares his vision for the facility

OPINION: Sideshow

(9/1/2004) What's up with the National Slavery Museum?

Pros speak on slave museum

(8/30/2004) African-American museum professionals weigh in on ingredients for a good start-up

Experts question museum's timeline

(8/30/2004) Professionals doubt whether 2007 is a realistic opening date for Fredericksburg's U.S. National Slavery Museum.

Thumbs up for slavery museum show

(8/24/2004) U.S. National Slavery Museum's show opens at the University of Mary Washington's Ridderhof Martin Gallery

UMW's Ridderhof Martin Gallery opens show of artifacts from the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

(8/19/2004) UMW's Ridderhof Martin Gallery opens show of artifacts from the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

UMW gallery preps show

(8/13/2004) Professor provides glimpse of upcoming show for U.S. National Slavery Museum

Spotlight will shine on museum

(8/8/2004) U.S. National Slavery Museum to give public its first glimpse of what's to come

Museum plan put at risk?

(6/4/2004) Questions raised about U.S. National Slavery Museum in wake of former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's bid for Richmond's mayorship

An evolving 'Celebrate'

(5/30/2004) Celebrate Virginia is taking shape along the Rappahannock River. When it's finished, will it resemble what the Silver Cos. announced in 1998?

Road funds for Celebrate slave ship?

(3/31/2004) Road funds for Celebrate slave ship?

College is agent for ship

(3/16/2004) Despite resolution, college says it won't be responsible for VDOT matching funds for slave-ship grant By KELLY HANNON and ELIZABETH PEZZULLO

Museum eyes Va. grant

(3/13/2004) Fredericksburg slavery museum applies to state for grant to rebuild slave ship

A day 'on'

(1/19/2004) The National Slavery Museum could be a venue for discussing where the region is--and should be--in terms of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.

Museum plans touted

(12/4/2003) National Slavery Museum holds groundbreaking; additional details of venture divulged

Museum fails to file reports

(11/9/2003) A year after the city loaned it a million dollars, what's up with National Slavery Museum slated for Fredericksburg?

Museum official indicted

(10/11/2003) Agent for slavery museum in Fredericksburg charged with bribery.

Change made at museum

(8/14/2003) National Slavery Museum proposed in Fredericksburg will get new executive director less than year after first one was named.

Proposed slavery museum gets new executive director

(8/13/2003) National Slavery Museum has new executive director.

Museum's credibility depends on its presentation

(5/18/2003) Museum's credibility depends on its presentation

Scholars debate museum

(5/7/2003) Chicago symposium ponders how Fredericksburg museum can best tell slavery's story

Experts meet on museum

(5/1/2003) National Slavery Museum holds planning session in Chicago

Meeting of the minds on Slavery Museum

(4/30/2003) National Slavery Museum holding symposium this week to plan for 2007 début in Fredericksburg.

Slavery museum should broaden perspective to this century

(1/21/2003) Slavery museum should broaden perspective to this century

Still chasing King's dream

(1/20/2003) National Slavery Museum planned for Fredericksburg could aid in achieving equality, former city Mayor Lawrence Davies says.

OPINION: Slavery museum needed

(12/20/2002) The National Slavery Museum would help Americans understand the Civil War.

OPINION: Slavery museum would be a negative reminder

(12/19/2002) Slavery museum would be a negative reminder

Celebrate springs a surprise

(12/17/2002) Stafford County asked to approve zoning change to let Celebrate Virginia North include more than 1,400 retirement homes.

Celebrate Virginia teeing off

(12/15/2002) Progress under way at first of three golf courses at Celebrate Virginia.

Museum moves impress

(12/6/2002) Fredericksburg officials glad to see local faces on National Slavery Museum's advisory panel.

Museum plans 2007 debut

(12/5/2002) Fredericksburg's National Slavery Museum slated to open in 2007.

Museum to brief residents

(11/25/2002) National Slavery Museum will hold public information session Dec. 4.

Slavery museum must be balanced

(10/18/2002) Slavery museum must be balanced

City Council members seek lawsuit dismissal

(10/16/2002) Attorneys for five Fredericksburg councilmen being sued for holding 'secret meetings' file motion asking judge to dismiss the case.

Wilder, officials in town to plan slavery museum

(10/5/2002) Wilder and National Slavery Museum staff were in Fredericksburg to set up shop yesterday.

Wilder, staff members visit slavery museum office

(10/4/2002) Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder discusses plans for National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, says public update coming next month.

Museum officials named

(10/3/2002) 'Seasoned professionals' chosen to fill top positions for a proposed National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg.

Slavery Museum hires executive director

(10/2/2002) National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg names executive director, adviser and board member.!--/sum-->

Wilder setting a fast course

(8/12/2002) Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder plans to have part of the National Slavery Museum open in Fredericksburg next year

Telling slaves' stories

(8/11/2002) Charleston leaders feel the time has come for a slavery museum there. They hope to open a museum by 2005. By PAMELA GOULD

Celebrate easement approved

(6/26/2002) Council OKs gondola, 5-2

Museum seeks quarters here

(4/12/2002) Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder visits Fredericksburg in search of office space for his slavery museum.

City loans $1 million to museum

(3/26/2002) City council votes 5-2 for $1 million loan for slavery museum

City loans $1 million to museum

(3/26/2002) City council votes 5-2 for $1 million loan for slavery museum

City answers on museum

(3/26/2002) Responses to questions may clear the way for City Council to vote tonight on three key issues to help proposed National Slavery Museum get off the ground.

Museum details still murky

(3/22/2002) Questions abound about slavery museum as Fredericksburg City Council prepares to vote on $1 million loan for project.

Wilder to name new slate

(3/21/2002) National Slavery Museum's proponent announces he'll appoint advisers to help streamline plans for the Fredericksburg institution.

Museum deed binding, Silver Cos. lawyers say

(3/20/2002) Attorneys for the Silver Cos. provide answers about the developer's gift of land for the National Slavery Museum.

Unanswered questions linger over slavery museum

(3/14/2002) Questions surround the Fredericksburg City Council's proposal to recoup a $1 million contribution to the National Slavery Museum.

City delays museum votes

(3/13/2002)Council tables action on tax district and service contract with National Slavery Museum after residents raise questions.

Group objects to Fredericksburg slave-museum site

(11/21/2001)A Richmond councilman is leading an effort to thwart construction of a slavery museum in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia project.

Museum forum draws a crowd. Wilder pitches slavery education plans

(11/16/2001)Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder answers questions about his slavery museum at a public forum in Fredericksburg last night.

Museum surprised by black-history edict

(11/15/2001)With talk of a national slavery museum at the forefront in Fredericksburg, more attention is being paid to local black history.

Panel, townsfolk to scrutinize slavery museum

(11/13/2001)Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder will speak at a forum Thursday on his proposed slavery museum.

Museum forum set Nov. 15. Wilder will field residents' questions

(11/2/2001)Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is coming to Fredericksburg Nov. 15 to outline plans for his national slavery museum.

City lands slavery museum

(10/9/2001)Fredericksburg will be the home of a national slavery museum, former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder says.

Slavery museum to be built in Fredericksburg

(10/8/2001)Fredericksburg to get slavery museum.

City Council to rule on paying legal fees in slavery-museum lawsuit

(10/8/2001)Fredericksburg City Council will vote tomorrow on spending city money to pay fees from an FOI suit.

Richmond ups offer on slavery museum

(10/7/2001)Fredericksburg may not increase its offer to get the national slavery museum.

No decision: Wilder awaits consultant report on location for slavery museum

(8/23/2001)Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder calls Fredericksburg offer 'more finite' than others, but says he has no favorite for slavery museum site.

Wilder to speak on slavery museum

(8/22/2001)Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder will hold a press conference today on his plan for a national slavery museum.

Richmond sweetens the deal

(8/17/2001)Richmond makes $1.5 million bid for slavery museum, but Fredericksburg officials aren't worried.

Slavery museum's tax district could yield $200,000 per year

(8/17/2001)How would a special tax district in Celebrate Virginia work?

Council blesses Wilder deal, but adds provisos

(8/16/2001)The Fredericksburg City Council unanimously supports a slavery museum in the city--with strings attached.

Virginia project faces many competitors

(8/16/2001)Several slavery museums are planned across the country, but Washington organizer says nation's capital is the only worthy site.

Money vs. history: Divided crowd addresses slavery museum

(8/15/2001)Slavery museum's supporters, critics express views to Fredericksburg City Council.

Museum deal worth $1 million? Backers say project will be tourism boon; details sketchy

(8/14/2001)The City Council may vote tonight to support a national slavery museum in Fredericksburg.

Majority favors project; decision may come tomorrow

(8/13/2001)Is a slavery museum right for Fredericksburg? Some City Council members say yes, but others want more answers.

City is asked to back museum

(8/11/2001)The Silver Cos. asked Fredericksburg to pledge $1 million for the slavery museum.

Wilder courts council: Celebrate Virginia acres pledged for slavery museum

(8/10/2001)Fredericksburg City Council and former governor discuss proposed slavery museum during meeting closed to the public.

Paper objects to council's closed meeting with Wilder

(8/10/2001)Fredericksburg City Council and former governor discuss proposed slavery museum during meeting closed to the public.

Wilder, city manager, Silver Cos. meet on slavery-museum plan

(5/24/2001)Organizers of a national slavery museum come to Fredericksburg to explore it as a possible site for the project.

Slavery museum possible

(4/29/2001)Celebrate Virginia eyed as possible site for proposed national slavery museum.