Advocacy group calls for enslaved builders of Charlottesville to be honored
This month marks twenty years of City of Charlottesville failure to visibly acknowledge its historic Slave Block and Slave Market. Surrounding towns have done so. Monticello and the University of Virginia have memorialized their enslaved workers. Our County Supervisors have removed a 25-foot Rebel statue. They removed the two civil war cannons symbolically holding our town’s center hostage to the Past.
It is about 59 years of marking the Slave Market with the tiny euphemistic words 'Mercantile Building.'
For more than six months our Honor-Slave-Block Citizen Group has urged Charlottesville City Council to rectify this dereliction of responsibility.
Read the full article here.
Visit Sojourners United Church of Christ Facebook
for the livestream of the February 5 event.
NBC29 news coverage here.
Daily Progress photo montage here.
Join us at the weekly vigils to remember that Black Lives Do Matter:
- Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 Across from 0 Park St, Charlottesville, on the Court House side of the street. A silent vigil.
- Wednesdays 4- 5 pm Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville.
Photo: Freeman Allan, advocate, standing at the site of the Slave Auction Block and in front of the Slave Market Building at 0 Park Street, Charlottesville. Photo by Heidi Dhivya Berthoud October 28, 2020.