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February 14, 2022 
Learn about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers from DeTeasa Gathers, Docent with Beloved Community Cville, by watching this 2 minute video.


We're proud that the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers is featured as a stop on our upcoming VIRTUAL TOUR. The above video is a sample of what’s to come!

The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers was built in 2020 to honor the lives of the enslaved laborers who built and maintained the University of Virginia. For a long time, the fact that slavery was an integral component of the University had been largely hidden. Now we know that between 1817 and 1865 an estimated 4,000 enslaved persons worked on Grounds.

We encourage you to visit the MEL in person! Take a look at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers website to learn MORE

Racial Justice: Making Amends (See above)
February 17, Thursday - 7 pm
Charlottesville NOW chapter meeting with guests Elizabeth Shillue, Beloved Community Cville, and Lotte Lieb Dula, Founder of Reparations4Slavery. Register for Zoom

Tribute to the “All Burley Reunion”
February 17, Thursday - 7pm 
Alex Zan’s Black History Pathway (in celebration of Black History Month) presents a tribute to the “All Burley Reunion," Jackson P. Burley High School. Available on Comcast Chan 14 and Alex Zan’s website.

The Slave Families of Thomas Jefferson
February 24, Thursday - 1 pm
Author and genealogist B. Bernetiae Reed. Reed will discuss her book, “The Slave Families of Thomas Jefferson,” her meticulous research on the topic, and insights on how to begin genealogical work. The livestream will be available on this web page and Monticello's Facebook and YouTube channels.

Freedom & Liberation Days Events:

March 3 through 6 is when our City commemorates the arrival of Union troops in 1865, marking the first step to emancipation of enslaved laborers.

   Reparations Run/Walk   
March 1, Tuesday to March 6, Sunday
JSAAHC is aiming to raise $45,000 to help support Black-run organizations in Charlottesville. The 9.7-mile route takes runners and walkers by some of the city’s most prominent Black-owned businesses and important sites of African American history. Learn more and sign up.

   Cville Civil War & Reconstruction History 
March 3, Thursday - 6:30 pm
Dr. Andrea Douglas and Dr. Jalane Schmidt will be offering a virtual discussion of Cville Civil War & Reconstruction History, sponsored by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Save the date. More details TBA.

Swords into Plowshares 
March 5, Saturday - 3 pm
Save the date for the first community engagement session of the “Swords into Plowshares'' project! To be held at the Jefferson School. More details TBA.

Youth Art and Video Contest: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion
Rumi Forum Charlottesville and Charlottesville Clergy Collective are supporting a contest with the theme “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.” 
The Art Contest is for 6th - 8th Graders, with prizes ranging $150 to $50. 
The Video Contest is for 9th - 12th Graders, with prizes ranging $100 to $250. Submit entries by February 25, 2022More information available.

Black Makers Market
February 19, Saturday - 11 AM – 5 PM
3rd annual Black Makers Market at Darling Boutique, 115 1st Street S, Charlottesville. The store hosts pop-up shops every Saturday, but this one features only artisans of color.

Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia

DEC-UVA locates and reunites descendants of enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants at UVA; advocates for scholarships and other programs for descendants; and fosters beneficial partnerships in order to achieve restorative justice for communities rooted at UVA and surrounding regions. Learn more, support, and get involved HERE.

The DEC-UVA is always looking to connect with the potential descendants of UVA and the surrounding regions!

Visit their website or connect through social media: FacebookTwitter, Instagram

Marley Nichelle: "Ghana to Gullah" 
February 14, Thursday until Feb 25 at Second Street Gallery, multimedia storytelling of artist’s journey from Ghana to the Low Country of South Carolina, where the artist was born and nurtured. "it is important for these stories to be shared because, in Gullah culture, owning your story is controlling your story.” ~ Marley Nichelle

Charlottesville Players Guild Season Opens 
"Gem of the Ocean" by August Wilson is the first show for the Black Indigeneity Season. Click HERE for more info. Season subscriptions are on sale now! 
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