Missing Slave Auction Plaque Insult to African Americans, Man Says

Feb 13, 2020

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has admitted to taking a historic marker memorializing the site of slave auctions in a Virginia city.

News outlets report 74-year-old Richard Allan was arrested by Charlottesville police Tuesday.

He told multiple news outlets he removed the plaque that had been built into a sidewalk because he believed it was insulting to enslaved Africans and their descendants.

A city spokesman says leaders plan to replace the plaque with a more appropriate marker. Police say Allan is charged with two felonies.

Charlottesville was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017 where an activist was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.