The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia, is a non-profit organization
established in 2020 by the Descendants of enslaved and free Black Virginians that built the University of Virginia. We are a historic first for Virginia as the first totally independent, self-determined organization of descendants associated with a college or university in the state. Our mission is to research enslaved people associated with UVA, reclaim the narrative, and to honor the legacies of the enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants. We are committed to pursuing restorative justice and our commitment to this mission will not waiver.

With your generous donations, we will work toward some of the following immediate

  • Recruit descendant members and support genealogical research on UVA’s enslaved families.

  • Plan future programs and educational outreach with input from the descendant community.

  • Expand our capacity to accomplish our mission by staffing our organization

We are grateful for our new partnerships with UVA’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. We are excited to continue to grow
with your support!

Please consider making a donation to the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the
University of Virginia and to help us move our mission and programs forward. The donation button below will take you to our donation page.

If you have questions, concerns, or opportunities for our group, please email us at