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Memorial for Slaves who Constructed UVA to be Built

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UVA will build a memorial for the slaves that built the school. UVA will build a memorial for the slaves that built the school.
A speaker talked to CHS students about the project. A speaker talked to CHS students about the project.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A memorial is set to be built at the University of Virginia to remember enslaved African American laborers who built the university.

On Friday, the artist and engineer behind the project, Eto Otitigbe, spoke to students at Charlottesville High School about the project and the history behind it.

The project is still in its planning stages, but is expected to be completed in 2019. Otitigbe said there were 5,000 enslaved people who created the university, but only 1,000 names are currently known.

“By understanding the details such as the fact that there are 5,000 people who were enslaved, but limited awareness of their actual names and their own personhood is really important,” Otitigbe said.

On Saturday, Otitigbe will visit UVA to review some historical documents for the memorial.