Virginia Seeking to Preserve Slave Burial Ground

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.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 112377019 -
Gray Television, Inc.