October 8: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, A Virtual Conversation

Upcoming Program: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center is excited to co-present an upcoming conversation that explores the history, form, and process behind the creation of the powerful new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. The grounds—designed by Thomas Jefferson and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—were built and maintained by 4000 enslaved men, women, and children. The memorial features marks and the names of these individuals carved into granite. It was designed with input from their descendants and Charlottesville community members, turning “grief for a hidden past into a healing space,” according to the New York Times.

Speakers:

Gregg Bleam, Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect

E. Franklin Dukes, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia

Eric Höweler, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Höweler + Yoon

Eto Otitigbe, Department of Art, Brooklyn College

Diane Browne Townes, Charlottesville community member

Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

J. Meejin Yoon, Cornell AAP | Architecture, Art, Planning and Höweler + Yoon

Introduced and moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University

You may register for the event here: 

https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/5515984752303/WN_piM90I5FR-2-mGorDr8IMg

Co-presented by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Columbia University School of the Arts; Cornell AAP | Architecture, Art, Planning; the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Research in African-American Studies; the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Queens Museum.

Image Credit: Visitors at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Photo: Alan Karchmer. Courtesy: Höweler + Yoon Architecture.