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The national slavery museum former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder hopes to create can no longer receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
On Wednesday, the IRS added the U.S. National Slavery Museum to the list of organizations that have had their federal tax-exempt status revoked.
Nearly 20 years ago, former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder announced that he wanted to create a museum that would tell the story of slavery in the United States. He had the vision, the clout, the charm to make it seem attainable, and he had already made history: the grandson of slaves, he was the nation’s first elected African American governor.
He assembled a high-profile board, hosted splashy galas with entertainer Bill Cosby promising at least $1 million in support, accepted a gift of some 38 acres of prime real estate smack along Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg and showed plans for a $100 million showstopper museum designed by an internationally renowned architect.
And then . . .
“Governor Wilder disappeared,” said Rev. Lawrence Davies, the former longtime mayor of Fredericksburg who was a member of the board. Davies stopped getting notices about board meetings, and when he tried to reach Wilder, he never heard back.
“No one could ever get through to him,’’ Davies said. “We didn’t know what to think.”
Originally posted by BioSafe
Two very distinct possibilities.
Mr. Governor is living on the beach with the proceeds.
Those who were appointed to run the organization were given their positions based on skin color, not their ability to run, organize and promote a business or organization. Both scenarios are a recipe for failure.
We as a country are broke. What a waste of money. I would rather see the museum money used to reform the black culture
and not perpetuate the whoa is me I am black and need a hand out to get back on me feet because maybe someone in my family lineage could have been a slave culture.