SOURCE: U.S. National Slavery Museum

February 03, 2007 12:43 ET

U.S. National Slavery Museum Statement Regarding Virginia House of Delegates' Resolution Expressing "Profound Regret" About Slavery

FREDERICKSBURG, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 3, 2007 -- The United States National Slavery Museum commends the Virginia House of Delegates' recent resolution expressing a "profound regret for Virginia's role in slave trade." While this resolution is a positive step in the right direction, there are still many more positive steps for Virginia, and the nation as a whole, to take to overcome and understand slavery's legacy that exists today.

The following is a statement from Vonita Foster, Ph.D., Executive Director of the U.S. National Slavery Museum (

As the Executive Director of the U. S. National Slavery Museum (USNSM), I firmly believe that Americans should not forget about any part of our nation's history including slavery -- and this resolution is shedding a much needed light on the need for all Americans to begin viewing slavery in a broader and more balanced manner.

Slavery is Virginia history, United States history, and World history. It is one of the most defining political, social, and economic aspects of the 400-year American experience. The Civil War impacted our nation and many Americans celebrate, commemorate, re-enact battles and visit historic battlefields. We will never completely forget the horrors of the Civil War. Similarly, the horrors of slavery must also be remembered, so that we as one people can begin to maximize our potential as global partners.

It is vital for Americans to learn, discuss, remember, and reflect on the truth about slavery. The topic of slavery will continue to challenge people, and by gaining knowledge and understanding, we will all benefit.

The Virginia House of Delegates did the right thing by acknowledging historical mistakes. We hope all Americans of goodwill will do the same.

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