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University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson’s Masterpiece

Wednesday, November 6, 8:00am5:45pm
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The Rotunda. Courtesy of the University of Virginia.***Registration for this travel program is closed. If you are interested in being placed on a wait list, please contact Cathy Boe at 804.342.9657 or cathy@VirginiaHistory.org.

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment—a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders, and cultivate an informed citizenry. He planned the curriculum, recruited the first faculty, and designed the Academical Village. The Academical Village still forms the heart of the University of Virginia, and along with nearby Monticello, form one of only four man-made sites in the United States to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This year, the University of Virginia commemorates its 200th anniversary. Part of this remembrance includes recognizing the university’s complex past. The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers responds to a deep need to address this untold and uncomfortable history, while also creating a space to gather, reflect, acknowledge, and honor the estimated 5,000 enslaved African Americans who built and maintained the university. 

This travel-program includes guided tours of the Academic Village, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, along with a “History of African Americans at UVA” tour to include seeing the new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Lunch will be at the Colonnade Club, located in Pavilion VII, which is the oldest building in Jefferson’s Academic Village.

The reservation fee includes transportation, admission fees, lunch, and snacks and beverages while in transit. The reservation fee is nonrefundable. Cancelled reservations may be eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction and will be receipted upon request.

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