UVa Apologizes for Using Slaves

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

April 25, 2007

The UVa Board of Visitors unanimously passed a resolution commending the General Assembly's recent resolutions on slavery and, at the same time, expressed the university's regret for its use of slaves from 1819 to 1865.

"That's a difficult history to face," explained Vice President of Diversity at UVa William Harvey. "I think the Board of Visitors being able to acknowledge the reality and offer an apology for it is an important statement, because it allows us to face the past and think about ways in which we can look to the future to make the institution more inclusive."

UVa is believed to be the first university whose governing board has made such a statement.

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