December 23, 2010
Virginia is stepping in to preserve and protect a slave burial ground in Richmond.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday he is proposing the state purchase a 2 1/2-acre parking lot owned by Virginia Commonwealth University for $3.3 million. The property would then by transferred to the city.
The burial ground dates back centuries and is believed to lie beneath a section of the parking lot. That area is closed off to parking.
The initiative is part of a growing effort to confront Virginia's role in the lucrative slave trade as the Civil War's Sesquicentennial nears.
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