Memorial to Enslaved Laborers


Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Thursday, Oct. 8


This conversation explores the history, form, and process behind the powerful new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the campus was designed by Thomas Jefferson and built and maintained by 4,000 enslaved people. The memorial features marks and the names of these men, women, and children and was designed with input from their descendants and Charlottesville community members.

Conversation among Gregg Bleam; Diane Browne Townes; Frank Dukes; Eto Otitigbe; Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George Rupp Professor at GSAPP; Eric Höweler; and J. Meejin Yoon, moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin.

Co-presented by Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and Institute for Research in African-American Studies, together with Cornell AAP, the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Queens Museum.

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