Inaugural Descendants Day

April 9, 2021

6:00pm - 7:00pm

via Zoom

Join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for our official public launch event, our Inaugural Descendants Day!

Each year, we will host an annual celebration for the descendants of the free and enslaved laborers who built the University of Virginia. This year, in celebration of hosting our first public event, we have planned a virtual panel on Descendant Communities in Virginia. We will be joined by guest panelists: Dr. Andrea Douglass (Jefferson School African American Heritage Center), Dr. Jody Allen (The Lemon Project at William and Mary), and Dr. Michael Blakey (Montpelier Descendant Committee). We will also introduce ourselves and share our vision for our work with UVA's descendant communities.


Please join us in building a strong coalition of descendants of the free and enslaved African American communities rooted at the University of Virginia.

We invite you to take part in our upcoming programming as we commit to reclaim, honor & repair the legacies of the ancestors.

Following the conclusion of the public event, we will have a brief descendants-only session to provide more information for any attendee who believes they have free or enslaved ancestors in Central Virginia who may have worked at UVA.


Space is limited. Please register to attend in advance using the link below:

* You do not need to be a descendant to attend the public event*

If you have trouble with the Zoom link on the day of the program OR the Zoom session is at capacity, please visit our facebook page to view the livestream of the public portion of the program. Thank you!


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