Somber Reflections: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Fosters ‘Hope and Healing’

WSP USA provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for University of Virginia memorial recognized with The Architect’s Newspaper’s 2020 Best of Design Award.
Insights: Enslaved Labor Memorial
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The memorial is constructed of local granite known as Virginia Mist – the same granite as the Rotunda’s upper terrace.
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©2020 ALAN KARCHMER/OTTO

The memorial’s concentric rings and a flowing shelf of water symbolize the oppression of slavery, slavery’s broken shackles, and its river paths to freedom.