Learn More about UVA's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted: August 27, 2019, 1:06pm


The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia began with a student-led effort in 2010 and is a shining example of student self-governance. The memorial will acknowledge and honor the estimated 5,000 individuals who built and maintained the University—clearing land, molding and firing bricks, transporting quarried stone, fetching water, stacking wood, scrubbing fireplaces and windows, and completing daily chores for UVA students and professors.

For more than four decades, the entire University was a site of enslavement. Now, we’re confronting our past, uncovering new knowledge, and using that knowledge to teach, heal, and shape the future.

Please consider giving to the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers here. You can also read more about the UVA's $2.5 million matching fund for the memorial here.

Event: Freedom and Liberation Day - March 3, 2019

Posted: February 15, 2019, 11:10am


Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, will be celebrated in Charlottesville on Saturday, March 2, 2019 and Sunday, March 3, 2019. Observances will be held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday and at the University of Virginia on Sunday.

Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the Rotunda Dome Room with a service led by chaplains of the United Ministries of UVA and featuring remarks by University officials.  Light refreshments will be served following the service. At 4 p.m., a blessing ceremony will occur at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, with participation of local clergy and members of the memorial design team. 

All are invited to attend these events.

Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage adjacent to Newcomb Hall.


The celebration of Liberation and Freedom Day in Charlottesville is presented by: 

•    UVA Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
•    Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
•    Charlottesville City Council
•    United Ministries
•    Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee 
•    UVA Bicentennial
•    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at UVA
•    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
•    Citizen Justice Initiative 
•    Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
•    Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

Three Generations of Female Architects Seek to Bring More Women into the Profession

Posted: January 9, 2019, 12:00am


In architecture, the phenomenon is referred to simply as “the missing 32 percent.” The phrase is shorthand for the drop-off between the percentage of architecture students who are female – about 50 percent – and the percentage of licensed, practicing architects who are female – about 18 percent. The gap can be attributed to a number of factors, from architecture’s long history as a male-dominated profession to all-consuming workplace cultures that leave little flexibility for women expected to balance work and family. However, many at the University of Virginia – women and men – are working hard to close that gap, through their own achievements and through partnerships among students, alumni, faculty members and practicing architects. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

Work on Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Gets Underway

Posted: January 7, 2019, 12:00am


East of the Rotunda and Brooks Hall, a tall fence wrapped in green marks out an important construction project: the future Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. Conceived initially by students almost 10 years ago, the idea for a memorial was continued by the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University. A design team for the memorial engaged UVA and local communities in months of discussions as it developed the final concept, and the UVA Board of Visitors approved the recommendation for the memorial’s design and location in June 2017. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Community MLK Celebration to Feature White House Correspondent April Ryan

Posted: January 4, 2019, 12:00am


The University of Virginia and the local community will commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with events planned from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1 under the theme “Women in the Movement.” April Ryan, the only black female reporter covering urban issues as a White House correspondent, will be the keynote speaker. She will give her address Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater; a reception begins at 5:30. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Meghan Faulkner)