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The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

The University of Virginia is paying tribute to all the enslaved men, women, and children (mainly of African American descent) who built, worked, and lived at the university during the 1800's, from the start of the construction of the lawn in 1817 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. It is important to address the complex history of UVA and the Charlottesville community during that time. By creating a physical space for remembrance, the design team plans for it to be a place of learning, as well as a place of healing. Hoping to shed some light on the difficult and controversial past of The University of Virginia, The MEL is scheduled for completion in October, 2019. To learn more about The MEL please visit the link below:
MEL Project Goals
To also access the live streaming of the production of this memorial, please visit this link: MEL Live Stream or, you can click the PROCESS+PROGRESS button at the bottom of the Project Goals page!