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UVa forms commission on school's slavery ties

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 11:50am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The University of Virginia is investigating the Charlottesville school's historic ties to slavery.

President Teresa A. Sullivan has recruited 27 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members to be part of the Commission on Slavery and the University.

The Daily Progress reports ( that the group will help to coordinate research on slavery at the university and find ways to educate the community on their research.

Last fall, archaeologists found 67 unmarked grave shafts just north of the University Cemetery that officials said were probably those of slaves.

And Henry Martin, a slave on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, is known to have worked as a bell ringer at UVa after being freed in 1847.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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