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VCU: No formal discussions underway for Wilder's Slavery Museum

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Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder announced his new vision for a National Slavery Museum Thursday, proposing a new site within a church at 14th and Broad streets in Shockoe Bottom. VCU, however, says no formal agreement has been discussed.

Wilder announced that the Museum would be placed within the First African-American Baptist Church, currently owned by VCU. Governor Wilder said the new proposal would save costs, as the building is already in place.

"We have been right to keep this plan going forward," said Gov. Wilder. "We are a short five years away from the 400th anniversary of slaves being brought to our shores in 1619."

After the announcement, VCU released the following statement:

"We ​did not anticipate Gov. Wilder's announcement. In casual conversation during a lunch last week with VCU President Michael Rao, Gov. Wilder mentioned the idea of the former first African Baptist church building, located on VCU's MCV Campus next to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, as a site for his national slavery museum. No commitment was made and no formal or informal discussions or negotiations are underway."

The new plan is not connected to the City of Richmond's plan to develop a slavery museum along with a Shockoe Bottom ballpark.

"There have been no formal or informal discussions with Governor Wilder about his current efforts," the City said in a statement. "As [Wilder] indicates, his proposal is something he needs to discuss with the State."

The Governor said no further action would be planned for a previous site in Fredericksburg.

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