Revive the National Slavery Museum

The effort by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonald to ram through “Confederate History Month” should be an opportunity to revive the effort to create the U.S. National Museum of Slavery.
Pushed by former Gov. and Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, the project’s property is in danger of facing a tax sale.
Since McDonald, like most white Virginians, conveniently forgot about slavery, then the best corrective is to move forward with the Museum of Slavery. There is a prominent Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. The Museum of Slavery would balance things out.
Wilder’s dream has been overshadowed by the two major projects on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which have come along since — the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the National Museum of African-American History. As well, there has been a sense of downplaying slavery in the wake of the election of the first African-American president.
However, when history is obscured, those who participated in heinous crimes in the past, can reinvent themselves and pursue the same objectives. That was clearly the intent of McDonald and the various Southern states which have sought to retain the Stars and Bars in their state flags.


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