Special Invitation: UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Tuesday, September 24th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds
(Rosslyn Metro)



The UVA IDEA Fund and the Office of Engagement invite you to an evening of cocktails and conversation about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA.

The design of a new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers on the Grounds of the University marks a critical moment to address the complex history of the University—and of the country.

Former UVA Board of Visitors member John Macfarlane will provide remarks about the historical significance of building the Memorial and share his own personal story of memorialization before introducing our guest speaker: UVA alumna and design team member Mabel Wilson. Mabel will describe the design process, including outreach into the community and specifically with descendants, as well as the extensive research that continues to inform the team about the names of the enslaved and their important roles in the University’s early decades.

John G. Macfarlane III (DAR ’79, PAR ’07, ’15), is the former chairman and director of the UVA Investment Management Co. and former chief operating officer of Tudor Investment Corporation in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Dr. Mabel O. Wilson (ARCH ’85) is a historian and designer and a professor of Architecture at Columbia University. She recently published “Begin with the Past: Building the National African American Museum of History and Culture”.

The UVA IDEA Fund, an alumni interest group of the University of Virginia, provides action-oriented leadership and support to University initiatives in order to ensure that the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access permeate the University community and culture.

The Office of Engagement, within University Advancement, fosters lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, students, and friends, strengthening their connections with the University by helping them stay informed, involved, and invested in their UVA passions.

We hope to see you there!


This event is #open to all alumni, parents, and friends.


Register here!