Avoca Museum to Acquire Slave Cemetery

Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Brian Whitesell

Altavista, VA - An Altavista slave cemetery will soon be under new ownership. In a unanimous vote, the town council agreed to swap a piece of their land, for the cemetery. The current owner (Woodside Property Management) agreed to the switch because he wanted Avoca Museum to have access to the land without it being a liability to him. Right now, it is an insurance problem since people would have to travel through his property to get there. The current owner is swapping 3/4 of an acre of his land for half an acre up the road near his storefront. Town council members call the trade a win, win situation.

"It's important to know where we came from. It gives us an idea of how far we've come and how far we need to go. And that's what we've been working on," Town Council Member Mike Mattox said.

"It's going to give me more road frontage for my business which will be nice and it will allow me to clear the land up there so my business is easily seen," Chris Germeroth, Current Slave Graveyard Owner said.

The town will also put in a roadway to make access to the cemetery a lot easier. The official switch will take place in January.