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Oct. 31 auction scheduled for slavery museum land

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The 38-acre parcel in Fredericksburg where the U.S. National Slavery Museum was once planned is scheduled to be sold at public auction Oct. 31.

The auction for the slavery museum land at Celebrate Virginia South is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in Fredericksburg City Council’s chambers at 715 Princess Anne St.

The slavery museum organization, which is spearheaded by former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, has not paid the real estate taxes it owes to the city of Fredericksburg for many years. The organization now owes the city about $445,000 including delinquent real estate taxes and attorney fees.

Proceeds from the auction would allow the city to recoup the money it is owed. Any remaining proceeds after the city is paid could go to Pei Partnership Architects, which designed the museum and was never paid.

The auction could get postponed or cancelled if the slavery museum organization files for bankruptcy, pays its back taxes or completes a negotiated sale of the land prior to Oct. 31.

The 38 acres are along Interstate 95, making the parcel a prime piece of real estate that has attracted the interest of Diamond Nation and the Hagerstown Suns, a group that plans to build a minor league baseball complex in Celebrate Virginia South and open in time for the 2015 season.

The baseball investors long eyed the slavery museum parcel as the best site for their development before recently focusing on a site just to the south where Kalahari Resorts had once planned a waterpark hotel.