“To sell at public auction to the highest bidder”: Sales of Enslaved Persons in Charlottesville

April 6, 2023

Jalane Schmidt and UVA Graduate Student Researchers

This presentation investigates the significance of Charlottesville’s Court Square as an Antebellum site of enslavement. Led by Jalane Schmidt, Director of the University of Virginia’s Memory Project and a team of graduate student researchers, the project uncovers the critical role that the Albemarle County Court played as both an arbiter of enslavement and an instrument of dehuminization. By revealing the role this site and and the Court played in trafficking enslaved people, this project aims to investigate the legacy of slavery in Charlottesville, Virginia. In close collaboration with the local descendant community, the project interrogates how historical research can shape public memory and public understanding of the period of enslavement.

April’s CVHR meeting will be IN PERSON at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center !!

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