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Morning Buzz – June 30, 2010

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to

Today is the last day of the 2010 fiscal year. So maybe it’s fitting to look at an issue that will have a big effect on state and local budgets in the years to come. Virginia Statehouse News has a story today about one way state legislators got around making even tougher budget decisions this year–postponing their obligations to fund the state’s pension fund. It’s worth a read to understand what the state and local governments will be up against at some point in the future.

A Hampton City Councilman is trying to start discussions to build a slavery museum at Fort Monroe, the Daily Press reports. Officials in Hampton and in Richmond have argued before that they have sites that would be more fitting than Fredericksburg’s Celebrate Virginia for a slavery museum. The question is–do they even need to lure away Fredericksburg’s proposal? As we reported late last year, there aren’t many signs that the effort to build a museum in Fredericksburg is still alive.

Fireworks - I forgot to mention yesterday that while most of the Heritage Festival stuff is taking place on Saturday, the fireworks will happen on July 4 (Sunday). They’ll be shot from Brooks Park across the river at 9:15 p.m. Pratt Park has been suggested as the best viewing spot, and the city is reminding people that Old Mill Park will close at 8 p.m. and won’t be available for fireworks viewing. Look for more in tomorrow’s weekender.

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  • Rodger Provo

    The Smithsonian African-American Museum under
    development on the National Mall will be the major attraction in the region to the address the slavery issue.

    Smaller museums in Hampton and Richmond may
    be created to present the history of slavery in those
    communities, if the economy turns around and funds
    are available …. if this does not happen those venues
    may take years to create.

    Existing historic attractions in Viginia such as Jamestown and Williamsburg are including this part of our history in their presentations and other historic sites are as well.

    The Celebrate Virginia slavery museum project will
    find it even harder to generate support in the future
    given these trends.

  • http://Z2KS LarryG

    I have always felt that Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg had a fabulous opportunity being the ancestral “Roots” of Kunta Kinte even though the story has controversy.

    A replica plantation – done well.. showing the lives of Slaves could be as much a natural draw as the competitors.

    I assume that since it has not happened that there must be some significant reasons why.

    Can anyone shed more light on why this did not come to be?