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Meeting of the minds on Slavery Museum
National Slavery Museum holding symposium this week to plan for 2007 début in Fredericksburg.

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Date published: 4/30/2003

The National Slavery Museum will hold a symposium in Chicago tomorrow and Friday to plan for its 2007 début in Fredericksburg.

The symposium, which is not open to the public or the media, will bring together experts in museum design and management, history, fund-raising, architecture and organizational development.

This is the museum’s second brainstorming session; another one was held at Howard University in Washington last year.

In a news release this week, Executive Director Earl Yates said the purpose of the two-day event is to “give us a solid basis for refining our thinking and our planning of the simultaneous lines of action that we will carry out over the next four years.”

The museum is slated to be built on 38 acres along the Rappahannock River, in Fredericksburg’s planned Celebrate Virginia tourism complex. The land was donated to the museum by the Silver Cos., Celebrate Virginia’s developer.

Former Gov. Douglas Wilder, the museum’s founder and chairman of its board of directors, has said he expects the project to cost between $100 million and $200 million.

Preliminary plans for its content include exhibits of artifacts, a replica of a slave ship, a library, a virtual-reality theater and a conference facility.

For more on the symposium, read Thursday's Free Lance-Star.