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Historic Slave Trading Site Up For Sale in Northern Virginia

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    Historic Slave Trading Site Up For Sale in Northern Virginia
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    Original bars on a window are seen in the basement of the Freedom House Museum on Saturday February 23, 2019 in Alexandria, VA. The slave trade site was used to house enslaved people before being transported to the south. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    A Northern Virginia row house that once housed one of the nation's largest slave-trading businesses is up for sale.

    The Northern Virginia Urban League owns the home in Old Town Alexandria and operates it as a museum called Freedom House.

    Newsoutlets report the league put the building up for sale to shed the financial burden of operating a lightly attended museum in an old building with high maintenance costs.

    City officials say they'd prefer the building not be sold to a private entity, but that Alexandria is not in position to take over the museum's operation.

    Slave traders used the building as a holding pen for several decades in the 19th century to keep slaves arriving through the city's port until they were sold into the Deep South.

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