Liberation and Freedom Day

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University of Virginia

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Liberation and Freedom Day, commemorating the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, will be celebrated in Charlottesville on Sunday, March 3, 2019 with observances held at the University of Virginia.

Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the Rotunda Dome Room with remarks by chaplains of the United Ministries of UVA, University officials and local community members.  Light refreshments will be served.

At 4 p.m., a blessing ceremony will occur at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, with participation of local clergy, community members, UVA officials and members of the memorial design team. In the case of inclement weather, both services will be held in the Rotunda Dome Room.

Liberation and Freedom Day activities at UVA on March 3 are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and co-sponsored by:

  • Albemarle County Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville City Council
  • Citizen Justice Initiative
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at UVA
  • Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
  • United Ministries
  • UVA Bicentennial with funding provided by the Alumni Board of Trustees
  • Virginia Humanities

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