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Entertainer Bill Cosby and former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder are expected for a U.S. National Slavery Museum event on Friday
Date published: 9/18/2004
By PAMELA GOULD
Somma said the gala also is an opportunity to reach out to potential donors. The event is being funded jointly by the university and the museum.
"We're really interested in making it a strong relationship between the institutions," Somma said.
Wilder plans to build the museum on 38 acres overlooking the Rappahannock River in the Fredericksburg portion of Celebrate Virginia. The site was donated by the Silver Cos., the developer of the tourism complex.
Pei, son of I.M. Pei and partner in the New York-based Pei Partnership Architects, is expected to bring with him a model of the museum that will be added to the display at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Somma said.
Pei's design calls for a 250,000-square-foot, three-story structure with a glass front. The signature item is to be a full-size replica of a slave ship. Museum officials have said they hope to open the museum in 2007.
Somma said he expects a number of international visitors for Friday's gala. Two members of the museum board live outside the U.S.--Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie of Ethiopia and Jacob Gelt Dekker, founder of Museum Kurá Hulanda in Curaçao.
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