You are invited to attend the “Slave Auction Block Vigil” hosted by Beloved Community Cville this Sunday evening at 5:30 pm. We'll be meeting in Court Square to acknowledge the trauma which took place there and honor local enslaved ancestors.
Our first stop will be the sidewalk at the Number Nothing building, the former location of the Slave Auction Block Marker before it was stolen on February 6, 2020. The commemoration will then move to three other locations within Court Square where Black people, including those enslaved by Thomas Jefferson, were sold off by auctioneers in the 1800s: the former site of Swan Tavern, the former site of Eagle Tavern, and the steps of the Albemarle County Courthouse.
At each of these locations descendants of enslaved people, clergy, and educators will guide the vigil. Contributors will include: Prof. Jalane Schmidt, Rev. Xavier Jackson, Deacon Don Gathers, Apostle Sarah Kelley, Rev. Brenda Brown-Grooms, Myra Johnson, and Cauline Yates.
Through the words of enslaved persons, song, prayer, story-telling, reading of names, and ritual, participants are invited to reckon with our collective history, and how it continues to inform and impact our lives. This event is intended to highlight that the ways in which our public history is marked and portrayed are of great interest to our local community!
Facing painful truths is often necessary for growth and social transformation and it takes community effort to address inequity. We must embrace becoming uncomfortable.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin
Please consider joining us on Sunday!
“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.