'This was huge': City of Fredericksburg removes 176-year-old slave auction block

Posted 107 days ago


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A 176-year-old slave auction block has been removed from a Virginia city’s downtown.

The City of Fredericksburg stated the weathered stone was pulled from the ground in its downtown area early Friday after the removal was delayed for months by lawsuits and the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the only minority on City Council, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders,” Councilor Charlie Frye said. “The people of the City never walked away from the table, never stopped talking to each other. This was huge – and it felt great because I came from ancestors who were never heard.”...(Read more)