Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

woman walking outside around a circular granite memorial among trees

Portrait of Isabella Gibbons, by Eto Otitigbe, on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers' exterior wall at UVA. photo / Alan Karchmer. Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

This conversation, cohosted by AAP, will explore the history, form, and process behind the creation of the powerful new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. AAP Dean Meejin Yoon and project collaborators will discuss the context of the grounds—designed by Thomas Jefferson and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—that were built and maintained by 4000 enslaved men, women, and children. The memorial features marks and the names of these individuals carved into granite. It was designed with input from their descendants and Charlottesville community members, turning "grief for a hidden past into a healing space," according to the New York Times.


J. Meejin Yoon (B.Arch. '95) 
Cornell AAP, Architecture, Art, Planning and Höweler + Yoon 

Eric Höweler (B.Arch. '94, M.Arch. '96) 
Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Höweler + Yoon

Gregg Bleam
Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect

E. Franklin Dukes 
Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia 

Eto Otitigbe 
Department of Art, Brooklyn College

Diane Browne Townes
Charlottesville community member

Mabel O. Wilson
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Introduced and moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University 

Co-presented by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Columbia University School of the Arts; Committee on Global ThoughtCornell Architecture, Art, and Planning; the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Research in African-American Studies; the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Queens Museum

This talk will also be included in Cornell University's Stay Homecoming schedule of events.

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