The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia work to uncover previously unknown ancestries of members within the community through research and preservation. They collect oral histories, provide educational resources, and offer tours of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers near the Rotunda.

We spoke with founding members DeTeasa Brown Gathers, Carolyn Mitchell Dillard, and Cauline Yates about working towards restorative justice and honoring the legacies of enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about the organization here.