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UVA Remembers Former Monticello Slave

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The University of Virginia is remembering a former Monticello slave.  Wednesday, UVA held a discussion called "The Enduring Legacy of Henry Martin: Exploration of African American Life in Charlottesville and UVA."

After Henry Martin was emancipated, he became the bell ringer at UVA, signaling emergencies and marking the hour.  He did that for 53 years.

UVA Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity Marcus Martin said, "Whenever you have the name, the face, photos of an individual - you have living relatives of an individual who contributed to an institution like he did - then we should commemorate him, respect him, and respect his family for what he did."

Henry Martin was the first to alert those on grounds and in Charlottesville about the rotunda fire in 1895.

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