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French Middle Schoolers Visit UVA

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Twenty-three French middle school students visited the University of Virginia Wednesday.  The students are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and filming a documentary about it.

The French students are being hosted by Buford Middle School students. We caught up with them on the steps of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, a center for African-American studies.

"Their town is the first in France to abolish slavery and so they have a keen interest in Thomas Jefferson and the university he founded and, not exclusively, but because of his relationship to the institution of slavery," said Deborah McDowell, Carter G. Woodson Institute director.

After Charlottesville, the delegation will make its way to the District of Columbia. 

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