Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Dedication

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University of Virginia

The official dedication ceremony will be broadcast at 11 a.m. Later that evening, starting at 7:00 p.m., the most awarded a cappella group in history, Take 6, will perform a special concert.

You can watch the events live and/or access a recording afterward on the following University-affiliated platforms:

More about the Memorial: The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia began in 2010 with a student-led effort to critically examine the institution’s history and recognize the lives of the enslaved laborers. The Memorial honors the lives, labor, and perseverance of an estimated 4,000 enslaved individuals who built and sustained daily life at UVA between 1817 and 1865. The Memorial's circular design references both a freedom ring and a broken shackle that signals the end of physical bondage. The Memorial is oriented tangent to two paths. The first path leads from the Memorial in the direction of the North Star, which for the enslaved led to freedom. The second path aligns with the sunset on March 3rd, which commemorates the day that Union troops emancipated the local enslaved community at the close of the Civil War.