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"The Enduring Legacy of Henry Martin: Explorations in African American Life in Charlottesville & the U.Va. Community "

Panel Discussion & Luncheon


Presented by the Office for Diversity and Equity, the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, the U.Va. IDEA Fund, and Dining Services


Date:Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Location:   Harrison Auditorium (Harrison Institute)

Time:         12:00 p.m.


Henry Martin (1826-1915) was known to generations of students as the University bell-ringer.  Born at Monticello on July 4, 1826--the day Thomas Jefferson died--Martin worked in slavery and in freedom for the University of Virginia for over fifty years.

A panel of historians will discuss the legacy of Henry Martin and other enslaved laborers at U.Va., in the context of African American life in Charlottesville in the 19th century. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

An evening event in the Rotunda to honor Henry Martin will take place at 5:30 p.m.  More information here.






Derrick P. Alridge (Moderator)

Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia






Coy Barefoot

Author, radio personality, historian, teacher, and speaker






Larry Rowley

Assistant Professor, School of Education; Assistant Professor, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan






Elizabeth R. Varon

Professor of History, University of Virginia







Corey D.B. Walker

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, Brown University