Join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for our official public launch event, our Inaugural Descendants Day!
Each year, we will host an annual celebration for the descendants of the free and enslaved laborers who built the University of Virginia. This year, in celebration of hosting our first public event, we have planned a virtual panel on Descendant Communities in Virginia. We will be joined by guest panelists: Dr. Andrea Douglass (Jefferson School African American Heritage Center), Dr. Jody Allen (The Lemon Project at William and Mary), and Dr. Michael Blakey (Montpelier Descendant Committee). We will also introduce ourselves and share our vision for our work with UVA's descendant communities.
Please join us in building a strong coalition of descendants of the free and enslaved African American communities rooted at the University of Virginia.
We invite you to take part in our upcoming programing as we commit to reclaim, honor & repair the legacies of the ancestors.
* You do not need to be a descendant to attend the public event. *
Following the conclusion of the public event, we will have a brief descendants-only session to provide more information for any attendee who believes they have free or enslaved ancestors in Central Virginia who may have worked at UVA.