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Deadline passes for National Slavery Museum tax bill

Saturday’s deadline for officials with the National Slavery Museum to pay more than $215,000 owed in taxes to the city has passed with no action.

City Treasurer G.M. Haney said the law firm representing the city will place an ad in the newspaper this week advertising the sale.

If the taxes aren’t paid, it will go to court for approval of the sale.

The National Slavery Museum, which was spearheaded by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, was supposed to be built on 38 acres of land in Celebrate Virginia in 2002 with land donated by the Silver Cos. The land is valued at $7.6 million.

Haney said the city has not gotten any response from Wilder or the museum’s registered agent.

When the site goes up for sale, there will be an auction and taxes will be paid back to the city.  

Look for a full story in tomorrow’s FLS.