Richmond council OKs $5m for slavery heritage site

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond's City Council has committed $5 million for a proposed slavery heritage site.

Media outlets report that council members unanimously voted Monday night to dedicate the funding to build a Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site in Shockoe Bottom.

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed $11 million in state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for the heritage site. The city is required to provide local matching funds totaling at least $5 million.

If approved by the General Assembly, the state funding would include $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 slave history museum.

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