RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The United States National Slavery Museum led by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch , papers filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court say the museum has more than $3 million in debts and that after bankruptcy proceedings, no funds would be available to creditors.
Museum organizers originally planned to build in Richmond but chose Fredericksburg in 2002 when the city offered Wilder 38 acres along the Rappahannock River.
The museum was supposed to open by 2004 but was never able to raise sufficient funds. No work on the site has been done since 2007.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.