W&M Memorial to the Enslaved

LOCATION

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Architecture | Masterplanning | MEP Engineering
To commemorate and honor those enslaved by William & Mary, the university is working with Baskervill on design of a memorial to impart dignity and presence to those enslaved. The final concept, titled “Hearth” and created by William Sendor, evokes a brick fireplace; its asymmetrical void meant to both embody the emptiness of slavery and radiate home and freedom for the future. In developing this design with the university, the goal was clear: create a space for reflection that honors the invisible and often unacknowledged labor of those enslaved. With that in mind, the names of those known to have been enslaved will appear directly on the memorial itself. The portal created by the hearth geometry connects the two sides of the campus, becoming an important feature of the masterplan, and reimagines the Jamestown Road entrance to Historic Campus.

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