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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Slave Auction Block Discussion

It is often said that the City of Fredericksburg is a microcosm of the American story, the good and bad.  The city has an exceptional record/reputation in working through the most challenging chapters in our American history, especially in the later parts of the 20th Century.  Most often we have proven to be a model for citizen engagement, civil discourse, and a place where the competition of ideas is embraced - and becomes the precursor to action. 

Knowing this, City Council engaged in a discussion on pieces of our history, and specifically the future of the slave auction block.  At the August 22 meeting there was concurrence to allow Councilman Frye and Mayor Greenlaw to work with staff on a plan of action.

Council has launched an opportunity for community feedback on the options concerning the future of the slave auction block.  An online input page was developed for citizen input and comments September 13 through September 25. A summary of the results are now availableSee link to page below.

Council held a public forum on Saturday, September 23 for citizens to speak about the two options. Twenty-six citizens spoke at the forum. Approximately 100 people attended.

On September 26, Council voted to keep the slave block in place, by adopting option A,  more information will be forthcoming in the near future.


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