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Plan for slave ship prompts officials to request permit for U.S. National Slavery Museum's hallmark

Date published: 5/6/2005



That is in sharp contrast to what Silver Cos. Chief Executive Officer Larry Silver estimated in August 2001 when city officials were debating whether to give $1 million for the project. He estimated then that the museum would attract as many visitors as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington--then about 2 million.

Silver also said at the time that the museum would create between 300 and 400 jobs, but the application for the special-use permit says the museum would employ 70 people.

The application also states that the museum would be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. except on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Water and sewer infrastructure are under construction and should be finished in the fall, according to the application signed by Executive Director Vonita W. Foster.

A public hearing on the museum's application could occur as early as the June 8 Planning Commission meeting, with a vote as early as June 29.

If endorsed by the Planning Commission, the permit request would then need the City Council's approval.

To reach PAMELA GOULD: 540/657-9101 pgould@freelancestar.com

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