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Williamsburg Will Not Repeat Slave Auction

October 13, 1995

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) _ A year after drawing widespread attention with a dramatized 18th-century slave auction, Colonial Williamsburg is planning a new series of events on slavery _ but not another auction.

Christy Matthews, director of the African-American program for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, said Wednesday that ``Rather than re-enacting the auction again, we’re doing peripheral activities around it.″

The African-American program events will be part of a weekend’s activities Oct. 28-29 depicting the colonial capital when the legislature was in session and during the celebration of King George III’s accession to the throne.

The weekend will include a dramatization of slaves reminiscing about being sold at auction, a videotape of last year’s auction and a discussion between scholars and museum officials about interpreting black history.

Last year’s re-enactment of slaves being sold attracted controversy _ and a crowd of 2,000.

Ms. Matthews’ dramatization last year of a pregnant slave sold at an auction moved many to tears and won praise as a vivid window into a painful part of the nation’s past. It also drew protesters, however, who said Colonial Williamsburg was turning real horrors into entertainment.

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