Virginia exhibit spotlights Black joy, style #shorts

A University of Virginia exhibit is spotlighting the perspective of Black Charlottesville residents from the Jim Crow era. More than 4,000 enslaved people were used to build Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia. The vision for the university’s design, done by Jefferson himself, was meant to enshrine the establishment of slavery by building high walls aimed at containing the enslaved in the heart of campus.

However, it was the vision that the Black community had of and for themselves, beyond the campus, that is the subject of the “Holsinger Studio Portrait Project: Visions of Progress” exhibit at the university.

This post was produced and edited by Casey Kuhn, Yasmeen Alamiri, Nicole Ellis, Julia Griffin and Vanessa Dennis.

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