Under the supervision of UVA history professor John Edwin Mason, portraits of African Americans in Charlottesville taken by Rufus Holsinger in the later 1800s and early 1900s were installed around the construction site that will become UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.
Henry Martin, one of UVA’s best-known employees, began his life enslaved and died after working on Grounds as a free man for more than 50 years. English professor and former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove's poem about him was published in The New Yorker this week.
The name of the late Julian Bond, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement and a beloved University of Virginia history professor, will grace a new upper-class student residence building on Brandon Avenue.
UVA – and the transition to young adulthood it marks for many students – has offered space for transformation, critical thinking and deep, often very personal questions about what they believe and why, at a time when young people are leaving organized religion in record numbers.