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The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia, is a non-profit organization established in 2020 by the Descendants of enslaved and free Black Virginians that built the University of Virginia. We are a historic first for Virginia as the first totally independent, self-determined organization of descendants associated with a college or university in the state. Our mission is to research enslaved people associated with UVA, reclaim the narrative, and to honor the legacies of the enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants. We are committed to pursuing restorative justice and our commitment to this mission will not waiver.


Your generous donations will support our continuous work toward:

  • Recruiting descendant members and supporting UVA's enslaved families genealogical research.

  • Planning future programs and educational outreach with input from the descendant community.

  • Expanding our capacity to accomplish our mission by staffing our organization.

We are grateful for our new partnerships with UVA’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. We are excited to continue to grow with your support!

Please consider making a donation to the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia to help us move our mission and programs forward. The "Donate Now" button will link you to our general donation page while the "Tour Experience Donation" button will direct you to our donation page for guided tours.

If you have questions or opportunities for our group, please email us at

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