UVA Commemorates Enslaved Laborers at 'Liberation and Freedom Day' Ceremony

Posted: March 3, 2019, 12:00am


The songs and sentiments honoring the enslaved laborers who helped build and maintain the University of Virginia sounded bright and clear in a Rotunda Dome Room ceremony Sunday afternoon, even if the sun wasn’t shining outside. Among several local events this weekend for Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County on March 3, 1865, the University held an additional ceremony: for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, which is in the early stages of construction. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)


Brandon Avenue Housing Named for UVA Professor and Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

Posted: March 1, 2019, 12:00am


The name of the late Julian Bond, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement and a beloved University of Virginia history professor, will grace a new upper-class student residence building on Brandon Avenue. The six-story apartment building, scheduled for occupancy in August, is being constructed at the end of Brandon Avenue, adjacent to the University’s South Lawn, in a newly planned, sustainability-focused, student-centered neighborhood.  The UVA Board of Visitors approved the residence hall’s new name – Bond House – on Friday, in keeping with the University’s tradition of naming residence halls in honor of longtime, well-regarded faculty members. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

New Report Recommends Actions to Strengthen UVA's Ties to Community

Posted: March 1, 2019, 12:00am


A working group formed by University of Virginia President Jim Ryan with the charge of helping UVA become a better neighbor in the community has delivered its report to Ryan. Composed of local community members and University faculty, staff and students, the group organized its report around a prioritized list of the most pressing issues facing Central Virginia and recommendations for a three-pronged plan for how to address those issues. “One of the principles in the report that I take very seriously is the idea of institutional accountability,” Ryan said. “As I promised this group when we started, this is not for show. And part of being accountable as an institution is initiating a process like this and then acting on the recommendations. There’s plenty of work to do ahead, but this is one of my highest priorities as president.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Nick Mathews)

Event: Liberation and Freedom 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 Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room with a service led by chaplains of the United Ministries of UVA and featuring remarks by University officials and local community members.  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 free events. Registration is not required.

March 3, 2019:

3 p.m. - Liberation and Freedom Day Service, UVA Rotunda

3:45 p.m. - Light Refreshments

4:00 p.m. - Blessing Ceremony at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (across from The Corner and down the hill from Brooks Hall, CLICK HERE FOR MAP)


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


These events will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the 4 p.m. blessing ceremony will be held in the Rotunda Dome room.


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 Humanities
•    Citizen Justice Initiative 
•    Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
•    Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

10 Years of 'Love is Love' at UVA: See How This Valentine's Day Tradition Began

Posted: February 13, 2019, 12:00am


Ten years ago, a group of University of Virginia students and administrators came together around Valentine’s Day to send a simple message of support to LGBTQ students. “Love is love.” The phrase stems from a national movement for LGBTQ rights and has grown in usage and recognition over the past decade, especially around the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. “We wanted to make a broad statement that would recognize those communities, include many different identities and mean a lot to a lot of people,” said Ed Warwick, who in 2009 was coordinator of student services at UVA’s LGBTQ Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)