An enslaved person auction block removed from downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, will be displayed at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. For almost two centuries, the 1,600-pound sandstone auction block was the lynchpin of a bustling marketplace where enslaved people were bought, bartered and sold. As the museum puts it, in a town full of historic places of national importance, the auction block…
A new chapter is being written in a centuries old controversy in Fredericksburg. An enslaved person auction block has been removed from downtown. News4’s Cory Smith explores the challenge of organizing an exhibit around objects of America’s painful past, given our present focus on social justice.