article on the subject in UVA Today:
Investigating and commemorating a major part of the University of Virginia’s past will be the focus of U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan’s newly established Commission on Slavery and the University.
The commission, comprising 27 U.Va. faculty and staff members,
students, alumni and local residents, will further the efforts of
multiple groups exploring U.Va.’s historical relationship with slavery
and provide an institutional framework to guide research and gather
resources on the contributions of enslaved laborers to the University.
“The commission builds on the effort of many members of our
University community who have worked to raise awareness of the
University’s relationship with slavery and to commemorate the role of
enslaved persons in appropriate ways,” Sullivan said. “The commission
will now carry this work forward with the help of community partners who
share our concern about this issue.”
Her specific charge to the commission is to “provide advice and
recommendations on the commemoration of the University of Virginia’s
historical relationship with slavery and enslaved people.”
Led by co-chairs Dr. Marcus Martin, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, and Kirt Von Daacke, associate professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences,
the group will investigate the interpretation of historically
significant buildings and sites on Grounds related to slavery and
propose projects that would educate students, faculty, staff and
visitors about enslaved individuals who worked at U.Va., as well as
commemorate their work.
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