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Racial Myth & Memory 2023

Civil Rights Mural

A Charlottesville Case Study

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29-30 October 2023

Are you...

  • sun streaming through names on the metal wall of Monticello's contemplative site memorializing enslaved laborers
    intrigued to learn more about intersections of race, power, politics, and culture in U.S. history?
  • excited to connect with other curious minds in community?
  • a history buff? an architecture aficionado? an educator?
  • eager to enjoy the beautiful autumnal scenery of Central Virginia–and the drive between the Triangle and Albermarle County?
  • happy to relax while others take care of all the logistical details?

Through five site visits we'll explore three themes as a lens on the powerful weight of race in Charlottesville--and in our country

  • enslaved communities and three early presidents
  • African-Americans and the University of Virginia 
  • the Robert E. Lee statue and violent 2017 Unite the Right Rally of white supremacists

This Sunday-Monday experience is open to individuals within and beyond the CFS community, including educators in schools and colleges as well as Friends meeting members and other curious adults.

The trip is a natural optional companion to the Spring 2024 Beloved Community Journey and the Fall 2024 Racial Myth & Memory: A Wilmington Case Study.

Be educated. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be empowered.

a view of the white-columned, red-brick Monticello across the lawn

Journey Itinerary

Tour Facilitator

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Until we reckon with history, we’re not going to be free. I think there’s something better waiting for us that we can’t get to until we talk honestly about our past. 

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery; Author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption