Calls grow to move slave auction block from city’s downtown

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FREDRICKSBURG, Va. – An NAACP chapter is asking a Virginia city to move a slave auction block from its downtown.

The Free Lance-Star reported Thursday that the knee-high stone block sits at a site where enslaved people were bought and sold in Fredericksburg.

It has haunted black residents for years. People sometimes stand on it for photographs. The NAACP's Fredricksburg branch is calling for the block to be replaced by a historical panel.

Discussions about moving the block began after last month's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

City officials are seeking comment on two possible paths forward. One envisions adding interpretive panels and protective measures to the site. Another would move the block, possibly to a museum, and replace it with a historical marker. A sign would offer directions to its new location.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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