FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A judge in Caroline County has ordered the U.S. National Slavery Museum's Fredericksburg property to be sold for unpaid taxes.
Media outlets report that Spotsylvania Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis issued the order Wednesday after a deal to sell the property to a private buyer fell through. The auction could occur within 30 days.
The museum proposed by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder was never built because giving to the museum dried up. The museum owes the city of Fredericksburg more than $350,000 in unpaid taxes.
Ellis had given the parties 30 days to negotiate a possible private sale of the 38-acre parcel.
Following Wednesday's hearing, Wilder said the museum would appeal the judge's decision.
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