Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2013

McDonnell asks $11M for Va slave history site


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing $11 million in state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for the Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site in Richmond.

The governor announced the proposal on Thursday.

Officials say the funds would go to the city of Richmond to develop, create and enhance the site.

The city is required to provide local matching funds totaling at least $5 million for the same purposes prior to receiving state funds.

The proposal includes $5 million for the planning, design and construction of the Pavilion at Lumpkin’s Jail, $1 million for improvements to the Richmond Slave Trail and $5 million for the planning, design and construction of a slavery museum.