Lecture and Memorial Construction Site Tour

Over the past decade, U.S. colleges and universities have begun paying greater attention to the historical role of slavery at their institutions. In 2013, the University of Virginia began a deeper dive into its historical relationship with slavery, exploring opportunities for recognition and commemoration. In 2016, after having spent substantial time investigating and interpreting significant buildings and sites related to slavery, UVA hired a design consultant to gather community feedback about a possible memorial. Today, the creation of the memorial is underway.

During this morning you will be led in discussion by Louis Nelson, Department of Architectural History, School of Architecture and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, and the behind-the-construction-scene tour led by Sarita Herman, Historic Preservation Project Manager, UVA Facilities Planning & Construction. You will learn about the history of enslaved laborers at UVA and the site significance of this memorial that honors the lives, labor, and resistance of the estimated 5,000 individuals who built and maintained the University. Join us for this rare opportunity to witness firsthand the progress on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.

Space is limited, register early! We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen.


  • Occurred Friday, August 16th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am


Rotunda, Multipurpose Room

1826 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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