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Safe from 1800s found buried in Shockoe Slip, will be opened

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It has seen the light of day for the first time in more than a century, and it is now safe and sound, in the middle of a construction site. Crews unearthed a metal safe in Shockoe Slip a few days ago, and now, the wait is on to find out what's inside.

Construction workers found the iron artifact at the site of two new Marriott hotels and the First Freedom Center on 14th and East Cary Streets. The developer of the site and preservationists are in the process of picking a day to open the safe, ensuring it is opened, safely.

The safe has a relatively thin outer shell, with a layer of concrete underneath. The location where it was found used to be the home of a tobacco warehouse, where the General Assembly granted religious freedom to all Virginians in 1786.

Inscriptions on the safe date it back to one of the last decades of the 19th century, and the item has been photographed extensively by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The safe has a harness attached to it, and may be soon moved away from the construction site.

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