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Descendants of the Enslaved Laborers Who Built UVA -Dr. Shelley Murphy

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Hidden in Plain Site: Researching for the Descendants of the Enslaved Laborers who built UVA

Dr. Shelley Murphy was hired to conduct genealogical research for descendants of the enslaved laborers who helped to build the University of Virginia. This six month position presented challenges in conducting slave era research. She expected brick walls and set goals that would be consistent with her limited research time. Being familiar with the laws, she knew that she had to stay local for the best resources and  follow the money, land, water, community and  the faith of the people. 

Over 10 years ago, a group of UVA students proposed creating a memorial to acknowledge and honor African Americans' contributions to the university. This  project responded to a deep need to address an untold and uncomfortable history while building community. Join Terri Allard for a conversation with Dr. Shelley Murphy about the UVA Descendant Outreach Program and Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.


Opening music - Sweet Mellow Spice by A. K. Alexander Productions

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