Are we absolutely sure it was used an auction block?


(All of these questions were developed in 2017 and answered in 2017 within the context of the process at that time.) 

The local tradition of identifying this feature as a slave auction block is strong. Sylvanus J. Quinn, who wrote The History of the City of Fredericksburg in 1908, identified the slave auction block in his work and it does not appear that anyone argued the point. Quinn had been able to consult those who had lived during the ante-bellum period and his information was first-hand.

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1. What is the Slave Auction Block?
2. Why has the City considered it important?
3. Are we absolutely sure it was used an auction block?
4. Is there more than oral tradition to support the assertion that the slave block was actually used to sell people?
5. Why did slave sales end in 1862, instead of 1865 when the Civil War ended?
6. Has anyone previously asked that the slave auction block be removed?
7. What about memorials to Confederates on National Park Service property on Sunken Road and a plaque on City of Fredericksburg property near Smith Run on Cowan Boulevard?
8. Why is it thought to be important to keep the slave auction block in place?
9. Is it possible to determine if the slave auction block is really in its original location?
10. What are the options for the future of the slave auction block?
11. When did the discussion about the slave auction block’s future begin?