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Slavery museum could declare second bankruptcy

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The U.S. National Slavery Museum is considering options including filing for bankruptcy protection a second time to stop the sale of its Fredericksburg property.

The museum proposed by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder was never built because giving to the museum dried up.

Attorney Joe Morrissey told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he met with Wilder this week to discuss how they would proceed now that a buyer has come forward.

Fredericksburg is trying to sell the property to recoup about $350,000 in unpaid taxes. A private buyer has offered $1.5 million for the land.

A judge has set a hearing for Sept. 25 to give the parties time to negotiate a sale. If a deal is not reached, the judge could order the property sold for unpaid taxes.

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