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Burial Ground Memorialization Committee

Charge

President Ronald A. Crutcher established a Burial Ground Memorialization Committee in January 2020 to engage a range of stakeholders in discussions about memorializing the enslaved burial ground located on what is now our campus and the history of this land, including its sustained intersections with enslavement. The committee’s work was put on hold due to Covid-19 and the campus closure in March. Work will resume, as possible, during the fall semester, taking into account the safety and health of on-campus and descendant community stakeholders.

The committee is charged with:

1) engaging the campus and broader community in constructive dialogue about the complex history of the land on which the University of Richmond is now located;

2) engaging stakeholders in discussions about memorializing the enslaved who lived and labored on these grounds and the burial ground where we believe some of them rest; and

3) making a specific recommendation to the President and Executive Vice Presidents about appropriate memorialization of the burial ground and the land’s connections to enslavement, including a physical memorial.

Working with a facilitator, the Committee will create opportunities for campus and community members, including descendant communities, to discuss our historical research, to share any additional information, and to inform memorialization recommendations. The Committee will deploy an iterative process of sharing the research, listening to feedback, and seeking input – and will be advised in its work by a range of experts, including a design expert to consult on creating an enduring physical memorial. The Committee will submit its recommendations by the end of the academic year.

Members

  • Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus; Co-Chair
  • Keith W. “Mac” McIntosh, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer; Co-Chair
  • Ann Lloyd Breeden, Vice President and Secretary
  • Mark A. Detterick, Senior Associate Vice President for Campus Operations
  • Julian M. Hayter, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
  • Jean Hines, Director, Strategic Sourcing and Payments
  • Amy Howard, Senior Administrative Officer
  • Susan M. Humphreville, B’76, Trustee
  • Rasheeda Fleming Perry, ’03, President, University of Richmond Black Alumni Network; Member, University of Richmond Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Anthony J. “AJ” Polcari, ’21
  • Jamelle S. Wilson, Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies

Advisors to the Committee

  • Elizabeth Baughan, Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology
  • Shelby M. Driskill, Research Coordinator, Office of the Provost
  • Craig T. Kocher, University Chaplain and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy
  • Lauranett L. Lee, Visiting Lecturer, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
  • Samantha M. Seeley, Assistant Professor of History
  • Nathan L. Taylor, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Historical Society

Consultant to the Committee
Brenda Dabney Nichols, Author, African Americans of Henrico County

Staff to the Committee
Melody K. Wilson, Assistant to the Vice President for Information Services