Fredericksburg slavery museum finances questioned

The finances of the long-awaited slavery museum in Fredericksburg, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, are being questioned by Fredericksburg officials, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch story today.

According to the paper, city officials have requested that the bankruptcy judge handling the case hire an investigator to examine what it says is $1.6 million in unaccounted-for funds raised by the museum staff. The museum is the brainchild of former Gov. Douglas Wilder, who is its chairman.

The United States National Slavery Museum was to be built on 38 acres of city-donated land and to open several years ago.

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