UVa Expresses Regret for Use of Slaves

April 24, 2007

The University of Virginia Board of Supervisors passed a resolution expressing regret for the use of slaves.

The resolution commends the General Assembly's recent resolutions on slavery and expresses the university's regret for its use of slaves from 1819 to 1865. UVa is believed to be the first board to ever issue such a resolution.

In the resolution, the board recommitted itself to the "principles of equal opportunity and to the principle that human freedom and learning are
and must be inextricably linked in this commonwealth and in this republic."

Board member Warren Thompson said that he hopes the resolution will put an end to stereotypes about the university.

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