James Fife’s Oak Lawn by students working on UVA’s Memory Project

February 1, 2024

Students working on the Memory Project will present their findings about James Fife’s Oak Lawn on February 1 at 4:00 on zoom for CVHR.

For over a century, the stories of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Fife estate, Oak Lawn, have been obscured, despite the fact that they constitute the majority of people to ever reside on the plantation. The purpose of our research is to document the history of those enslaved at Oak Lawn, in the hope of opening up new possibilities for reparative justice for the descendants of the Black men and women enslaved at Oak Lawn.

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