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(Postponed) UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Dedication Ceremony

1702 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 982-3099


Join us as we dedicate the new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia.The Memorial began with a student-led effort in 2010. The memorial acknowledges and honors the 4,000 or more enslaved individuals who built and maintained the University. All members of the University and Charlottesville communities are invited to attend this momentous occasion. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The Memorial's circular design references both a freedom ring and a broken shackle that signals the end of physical bondage. The Memorial is oriented tangent to two paths. The first path leads from the Memorial in the direction of the North Star, which for the enslaved led to freedom. The second path aligns with the sunset on March 3rd, which commemorates the day that Union troops emancipated the local enslaved community at the close of the Civil War. Also sharing the same north/west orientation is the Memorial’s grove of trees. The trees evoke the spaces of “hush harbors” that were clearings in the forest where enslaved African-Americans convened for religious rituals, communal gathering and to arrange escape.