Virginia city removes 176-year-old slave auction block

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A 176-year-old slave auction block has been removed from a Virginia city’s downtown. The 800-pound (363-kilogram) stone was pulled from the ground at a Fredericksburg street corner early Friday after the removal was delayed for months by lawsuits and the coronavirus pandemic, The Free Lance-Star reported. The weathered stone was sprayed with graffiti twice and chants of “move the block” erupted this week during local demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, city officials said in a statement announcing the removal.