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Slave site among endangered US places

June 23rd, 2014 4:44 pm by BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

Slave site among endangered US places

This undated image provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Va., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. (AP Photo/Tvnewsbridge via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

WASHINGTON — A major slave-trading center from the 19th century and two architectural gems in Cincinnati are joining a list of the nation's most endangered historic places.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Monday. It includes sites from Virginia to Hawaii.

Preservationists say a major slave-trading center in the one-time Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, is threatened by potential development of a minor league ballpark. The Shockoe Bottom area was home to Solomon Northup's jail, featured in the film "12 Years a Slave," and still contains underground artifacts.

For the first time, the list includes two sites from the same city: Cincinnati's symbolic Art Deco Union Terminal and its Music Hall. Both sites need extensive repairs.

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This undated image provided by Steve Conger via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua Village, Kona, Hawaii, one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Mokuaikaua Church, completed in 1837, is Hawaiiâ??s first Christian Church. Preservationists say it is at risk from both earthquake damage and natural wear and tear. (AP Photo/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by Alan C. Spector via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee, Fla., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1954, Spring House is the only built private residence designed by Wright in Florida. Its novel “hemicycle” form is one of very few surviving homes that Wright designed in this style. Preservationists say weather and the ravages of time have deteriorated the building. (AP Photo/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Chattanooga State Office Building in Chattanooga, Tenn., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Preservationists say the Chattanooga State Office Building, a midcentury landmark in the heart of downtown, is threatened with demolition by its new owner. (AP Photo/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by the Orange County Archives via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, Calif., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Historic Wintersburg, a Japanese-American pioneer property with several existing structures that tell the story of Japanese-American immigrants in Southern California. Preservationists say it’s now threatened by demolition. (AP Photo/Chris Jepsen via the Orange County Archives and the National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, S.D., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Battle Mountain Sanitarium has provided medical care to veterans in the region for more than a century, and is one of the few properties owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Today, the agency is moving forward with a proposal to abandon the facility. (AP Photo/Jennifer Buddenborg, National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Bay Harbor’s East Island in Miami-Dade County, Fla., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Preservationists say Bay Harbor’s East Island’s collection of Miami Modern buildings are threatened with demolition by development proposals. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by Michael Allen via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Palladium Building in St. Louis, Mo., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. The Palladium Building housed a nightclub in the 1940s that, although restricted to a whites-only clientele, played a prominent role in the development of African-American music. Preservationists say it now faces an uncertain future because it is not protected by local or national historic designations. (AP Photo/Michael Allen via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by Paul W. Romaine via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Palisades, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Several generations have cherished the scenic Palisades cliffs along the Hudson River. Despite its designation as a National Historic Landmark, the LG Corporation plans to build an office tower along the cliffs in New Jersey, forever altering the landscape, preservationists say. (AP Photo/Paul W. Romaine via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by Cincinnati Museum Center via National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Preservationists say Cincinnati’s Union Terminal is an iconic symbol of the city and a world-class example of Art Deco architecture. But now it’s suffering from deterioration and is in need of extensive and costly repairs. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Museum Center via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Va., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Once a center of slave trade in America, Shockoe Bottom was home to Solomon Northup’s jail in "12 Years a Slave” and contains numerous underground artifacts. Preservationists say the site is threatened by potential development of a minor league baseball stadium. (AP Photo/Tvnewsbridge via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

This undated image provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. A National Historic Landmark, Music Hall has played a significant role in the cultural fabric of Cincinnati since it was built in 1878. Today, preservationists say it is deteriorating and in need of extensive repairs. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

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