Burying Ground Memorial Updates

The University of Richmond is working toward a permanent memorial to honor the enslaved burying ground on the land that became this campus. The process will be guided by the Burying Ground Memorialization Committee's design principles, and regular updates will be posted here. If you have any questions, please email inclusivehistory@richmond.edu.

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  • September 13 Update: Site Work

    Guided by the Burying Ground Memorialization Committee’s design principles, shaped by input from the University and descendants communities, the University has:

    • Retained Baskervill architect Burt Pinnock, who served as design consultant to the Committee, to finalize a design based on two years of listening.
    • Partnered with Baskervill to hire an archaeologist to complete site work to help preserve the historical topography and minimize ground disturbance as we work towards an enduring memorial.  This is in addition to the ground-penetrating radar study of the area in 2019. Please note that this careful site work will start on Tuesday, September 13 and last a few days. 

    Baskervill will continue design work over the fall.