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Sullivan Asks For More Research On UVA’s Ties To Slavery

Sullivan Asks For More Research On UVA’s Ties To Slavery

Teresa Sullivan has become the latest UVA President who wants more research on the school’s ties to slavery. Sullivan is asking more than two dozen people to serve on a Commission on Slavery and the University. Archaeologists have already found an area where slaves might have been buried outside the University Cemetery. The¬†school’s graveyard¬†was established shortly after UVA held its first classes in 1825, and you can see parts of the area between the cemetery and Hancock Drive (pictured), which connects McCormick Road with Hancock, Lefevre-Metcalf, Echols-Humphreys and other first-year dormitories. The University already honors Henry Martin, who was born as a slave at Monticello on the day Thomas Jefferson died in 1826. Martin was UVA’s bell ringer through the early years of the last century.