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.


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