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Upcoming DEC Events

Descendants Symposium and Descendants Day

Descendants Symposium and Descendants Day 2024

Descendants Symposium: Friday, September 13
Descendants Day: Saturday, September 14


On Friday, September 13, join us for our Descendants Symposium at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The DEC Symposium will explore the journey of African Americans from historical oppression to present-day progress. Hear from inspiring speakers, engage in meaningful discussions, and connect with others as we journey together towards the descendant movement. Join us for this important discussion and stand in solidarity with us as we journey forward. DEC-UVA Members receive free admission to this symposium! You won't want to miss this!


On Saturday, September 14, join us for our annual Descendants Day: The Family Reunion at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Join us as actor Jason George reviews his geneaology with genealogist and DEC-UVA board member Nicka Smith, connect with partners, and enjoy a day full of enriching programming. This event is free.

"Meet Me at the Bench"
Monthly DEC-UVA Descendant Membership Meeting 

2nd Thursday of Every Month | 7pm | Zoom | Email for More

Please join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for our monthly descendant membership meeting. The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA invites you to join us for our monthly virtual membership meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm ET. Inspired by the Bench by the Road Project by Toni Morrison, "Meet Me at the Bench" is our opportunity to connect with one another, exchange resources, and share about the DEC's efforts. 

2023 Descendants Day
Family Reunion

April 15, 2023

Inaugural Descendants Day

April 9, 2021


Dr. Andrea Douglas
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center


Dr. Jody Allen

The Lemon Project at William and Mary


Dr. Michael Blakey

Montpelier Descendants Committee

Guest Panelists

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