Finding Enslaved Laborers at UVA Descendants…

Sharing information about my new job. Join me in reading the articles and feel free to share. It will take a community to build this project. The President’s Commission on Slavery at the University (University of Virginia, Charlottesville) has designed a memorial to the enslaved laborers who helped to build the University. The memorial will be viewed by only the descendants in the Fall of 2019. A public opening will be in the Spring 2020.

We are looking for descendants of the enslaved workers. If you think you had ancestors who lived near or around the University of Virginia (Charlottesville area including the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, etc.) There might be a chance you will connect. Watch for names/surnames and other information on the Facebook page ( If you have any questions, please post or contact us at

Here are some links to help you get familiar with the project:

4 responses to “Finding Enslaved Laborers at UVA Descendants…”

  1. Shelley,
    I’ve shared this in the Black Alumni Group on Facebook. I’m also going to work with my friend Jackie’s husband, who is a Martin from C’vlle, to see if they might descend from the Bell Ringer. I hope the descendants start to come rolling in!

    1. Thank you, I hope so too, so far the pace has been good.

    2. Thank you. they are rolling in.

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