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Introduction to the Project

Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom (The Remembering Project) seeks to develop memorial events, exhibits and/or projects to recognize the sesquiscentennial of the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation through discussions and engagement with Virginia's African-descended communities and other interested groups. The memorial events that have proceeded from this engagement are designed to attract a multi-cultural and diverse audience of Virginians and visitors to the Commonwealth. These commemorations honor the rich and complex lives, contributions, and sacrifices of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans.

Although the Remembering Project emphasizes several types of sites, including buildings built with enslaved labor and sites where the enslaved resisted the condition of slavery, its main focus is the location and commemoration of cemetaries. Burial grounds emphasize the humanity of enslaved people despite slavery's attempts to deny it, because rituals of mourning and memorialization are a uniquely human practice. The project goals include planning events of rememberance that foreground the pervasive African and African American historical presence that remains within Virginia's physical and social landscapes.

This work is being carried out in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact the Remembering Project at [[w|remembering]] or call us at (757) 221-7889.

Emancipation Day Celebration in Richmond, VA, circa 1905. Image from Library of Congress digital archive.