Slavery Museum Land to Be Sold

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    Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder

    Fredericksburg's officials are moving forward with efforts to sell the U.S. National Slavery Museum's land because it still has not paid its city property taxes.

    The museum founded by former Gov. Doug Wilder filed for bankruptcy last year to stop the city from selling the land due to taxes that have gone unpaid since 2008.

    A judge dismissed the bankruptcy case in August after lawyers said the museum had reorganized and promised an anonymous donor was prepared to pay off the city's tax bill.

    But city treasurer Jim Haney told The Free Lance-Star that no such payment has ever happened. He says the museum could pay off the more than $320,000 tax bill any time before an auction. The case will get its first court hearing next Monday.