Refocused Attractions Could Boost Tourism 

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Two of your Feb. 2 edition principals — Ed Ayers (“The Meaning,” Cover Story) and Terone B. Green (“Wilder's Trail,” Back Page) — discussed the significance of slavery in America and Virginia in particular. The sale of slaves South was a major Virginia industry. Much of the Civil War was fought in Virginia. And Richmond as the capital of the Confederacy is the place that should be centered in the sesquicentennial remembrance of this cataclysmic event.

This could be greatly enhanced if the leadership were to emerge to create the Canal Walk area as the epicenter. We could do so by converting Main Street Station, which is useless as a transportation location, into a slave memorial and home to the Black History Museum. Then, move the White House of the Confederacy to the vacant property at Second and Byrd streets. With Tredegar in the middle, this would allow visitors to walk the entire antebellum South. The more active folks could continue over to Hollywood Cemetery or up to Chimborazo Park and Libby Hill.

Talk about a tourist destination — this could be a poster child.

Walt Pulliam Jr.
Henrico County

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