Slavery Museum Fights to Stay Afloat

artifacts from the museum's collection

An attorney for the U.S. National Slavery Museum is headed back to bankruptcy court to outline a reorganization plan for the debt-ridden dream of former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.

The court will consider a plan Wednesday filed earlier this month by Sandra R. Robinson, the attorney representing Wilder. The proposal calls for the museum to resume fundraising to pay back its creditors and get the museum back on track.

The museum is saddled with debt totaling about $7 million. Its creditors include the city of Fredericksburg, Va., where the museum was to rise before it began its tumble into bankruptcy.

The museum was the vision of Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor and the former mayor of Richmond. The museum was intended to tell the story of slavery.