Descendants Day
"The Family Reunion"

Saturday, April 9, 2022
10:00am- 2:00pm | Free - Registration Required
Registration Open thru Friday, April 8, 2022 at 12pm

Join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for our annual Descendants Day celebration at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers! We'll be joined by special guests including keynote speaker Dr. Shelley Murphy, performances by Chihamba, local live musical entertainment, and more. 

Special Guests

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Dr. Shelley Murphy
UVA Descendant Project Researcher

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Chihamba
African Dance Troupe

Book Talk: Reclamation with Gayle Jessup White

Sunday, November 21, 2021
3:00pm | Free - Registration Required

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A Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved.

Tropical Leaves
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- PAST EVENTS -

Inaugural Descendants Day

April 9, 2021

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Dr. Andrea Douglas
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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Dr. Jody Allen

The Lemon Project at William and Mary

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Dr. Michael Blakey

Montpelier Descendants Committee

Guest Panelists