Virginia businesses sue to prevent removal of slave auction block

Two companies in Virginia are suing to prevent the city of Fredericksburg from removing a slave auction block because they fear the move will hurt business.

The weathered, 176-year-old stone has been a point of controversy in the city of about 25,000. It sits in the historic part of Fredericksburg. The lawsuit was filed by the owner of the commercial building across the street from it and the owner of Olde Towne Butcher Table restaurant, according to the Free Lance-Star.

The Fredericksburg City Council voted last month 6-1 to remove the antebellum artifact. Fredericksburg attorney Joseph Drennan said his clients decided to file
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