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Offer for Va. slavery museum land on hold

Tuesday - 8/27/2013, 2:21pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A private buyer has offered to purchase the Fredericksburg property owned by the U.S. National Slavery Museum.

The museum proposed by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder was never built because giving to the museum dried up.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/17jOhyt) reports that a private buyer has offered $1.5 million for the land where the museum was to rise. An attorney for the museum's biggest creditor, Pei Partnership Architects, said he wasn't authorized to negotiate a sale price.

Tuesday, Spotsylvania Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis gave the parties 30 days to negotiate a possible private sale of the land. Then he'll decide whether to authorize a public auction.

The museum owes the city of Fredericksburg more than $350,000 in unpaid taxes.

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


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