Wednesday, June 24, 2020

GenFriends: University of Virginia Memorial to Enlaved Laborers with Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy, aka Family Tree Girl, a panelist on our show, shares her experiences researching the descendants of the enslaved whose labor was used to build UVA. Shelley shares with Cheri, Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennett, Dan Earl, and Laura Hedgecock how she became involved, her research process, and the continuation of the project.

There is much to learn from Shelley in this presentation. Watch as she shares the way she has been able to connect African American families together to honor the memory of those who were hired out by their owners to build the university.

Links in this Episode:
Slavery and the University
UVA Memorial-PBS Story
UVA Memorial Enslaved Laborers
The Making of The Memorial for Enslaved Laborers 
Jefferson's University-the Early Life
President's Commission on Slavery and the University

Contact the Panelists:
Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots
Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

Do you have ancestors who may have been part of the building of UVA or ancestors where were enslavers of those who were?
We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Helping you climb your family tree,

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