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Upcoming DEC Events

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Sunday, March 3 | 1:30pm | UVA Chapel

Join us for a special celebration honoring Liberation and Freedom Days, hosted by the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA. In partnership with the UVA Office of Major Events and UVA Facilities Management, we are proud to present the First Ringing of the New UVA Chapel Bell, with Mr. Richard Hunt, Descendant of Henry Martin, Bellringer at the University of Virginia.

"Meet Me at the Bench"
Monthly DEC-UVA Membership Meeting 

2nd Thursday of Every Month | 7pm | Zoom | 

Please join the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia for our monthly membership meeting. The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA invites you to join us for our monthly virtual membership meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm ET. Inspired by the Bench by the Road Project by Toni Morrison, "Meet Me at the Bench" is our opportunity to connect with one another, exchange resources, and share about the DEC's efforts. 
Reclaim Honor Repair: DEC-UVA Event

Thursday, June 22 | 6:30pm | Northside Library 

Join JMRL for a screening of the 2022 documentary The Lives Between the Lines, the powerful film documenting the inspiration for and construction of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. Afterwards, a panel of Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia will discuss the memorial, their vision and goals for the DEC-UVA, and how they honor the legacies of enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants. Q&A to follow. Spaces limited. Registration is required at

2023 Descendants Day
Family Reunion

April 15, 2023

Inaugural Descendants Day

April 9, 2021


Dr. Andrea Douglas
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center


Dr. Jody Allen

The Lemon Project at William and Mary


Dr. Michael Blakey

Montpelier Descendants Committee

Guest Panelists

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