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UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Charlottesville, VA
  • Image credit: Höweler + Yoon.

UVA’s new memorial seeks to formally acknowledge the forced labor and individual lives of the enslaved African Americans who built and sustained the everyday life of the University. The Memorial will list names of known enslaved African Americans and allow for additional names that may be discovered through further research. Historians estimate that around 5,000 enslaved laborers worked at Thomas Jefferson’s historic university.

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The memorial, circular in form and 80 feet in diameter, will rise out of the ground and reach a peak of eight feet. Clad in local granite, the structure will be supported with concrete buttressed retaining walls that back the sloping stone pieces.

The memorial, circular in form and 80 feet in diameter, will rise out of the ground and reach a peak of eight feet. Clad in local granite, the structure will be supported with concrete buttressed retaining walls that back the sloping stone pieces.

An outer ring will be inscribed with the names of enslaved laborers; a smaller interior ring, accessible via a circular path, will have a stone bench with a water feature for visitors to pause and reflect.

  • Image credit: Höweler + Yoon.
  • Image credit: Höweler + Yoon.
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