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Hearth Memorial to the Enslaved collection

 Collection — Container: UA 398 Box 1
Identifier: UA 398

Content Description

A collection of materials from the Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved, part of William and Mary's Lemon Project.

This group contains goggles and gloves worn by Jody Allen (Assistant Professor of History, Robert Francis Engs Director of the Lemon Project) at the Hearth groundbreaking event on May 26, 2021. A program from the memorial dedication on May 7,2022. Images of two commemorative cookies served at the Hearth dedication (originals not retained), and images of floral tributes left at the Hearth during the dedication (photographed by SCRC staff.)


  • Creation: May 26, 2021 and May 7, 2022

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Hearth Memorial to the Enslaved was created in response to research into William & Mary's history with slavery by students and faculty. Through assembly resolutions, the Board of Visitors acknowledged the university’s involvement in slavery and established The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation in 2009 to study the relationship between African Americans and William & Mary.

The Hearth was designed by William & Mary alumnus Will Sendor ’11 as a result of an international memorial design competition initiated by William & Mary President Emeritus Taylor Reveley in 2018. The design was executed by the architectural firm Baskervill. 400 donors, the Board of Visitors, as well as every former rector, contributed to the completion of the project, which cost over $2.9 million.

Dedication for the Hearth Memorial occured on May 7, 2022.


1 Linear Feet (One 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch box.)

97.4 Megabytes (Two files containing a total of 21 JPG files)




The collection is arranged into one series, Series I. Dedication of the Hearth Memorial to the Enslaved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the Special Collections Research Center by Jody Allen on behalf of the Lemon Project.

Guide to the Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved collection
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October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository