Reflections on the Block

We invite visitors to reflect on the enslaved men, women, and children who experienced the horrors symbolized by this Block firsthand. We recognize and honor them with this exhibition and throughout our work as stewards of Fredericksburg’s history.


Encountering and learning about Fredericksburg’s Auction Block and its painful past often provokes emotional responses. We recognize the need for contemplation on this deeply troubling object and the long legacy of slavery it evokes.


Please utilize this space for rest and reflection, and contribute any memories or responses sparked by your experience here.