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James Madison historic site reverses on sharing management authority with enslaved descendants group

ORANGE, Va. — Less than a year after the board that manages James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia announced plans to share authority equally with descendants of people once enslaved there, the board has voted to strip power-sharing status from a group representing African Americans who trace their roots to the historic estate.

The Montpelier Descendants Committee chose three descendants of enslaved people serving on the board and the foundation picked another two, but Friday’s vote means the committee can’t name future members, giving the foundation greater control over the board’s makeup, The Washington Post reported.

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