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2023 Descendants Day at Highland

June 10, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for a Descendants Day at Highland. The Highland Council of Descendant Advisors welcomes anyone working on or interested in the histories of slavery, the shared work of making our present and future more equitable based on historical knowledge, and collaboration in research. Plan to share information, resources, and encouragement with others journeying on the same path. Guests will enjoy refreshments, music, resources, and stories. Space is available to display your community’s resources and stories. This event is free and open to the public. Click on the link below to register:

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2023 Descendants Day Schedule of Events

 All events located in the Hilltop Pavilion at Highland.

11:00 – 11:30 AM

  • Registration and Community Tables Open

11:30 – 11:50 AM

  • Music from the Jones Family Singers
  • Welcome to the 2023 Descendants Day at Highland

11:50 – 12:30 PM

  • Film Screening followed by Q&A with participants

12:30 – 1:15 PM

  • Lunch Provided by Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels
  • Music from the Horace Scruggs Group

1:15 – 2 PM

  • Recognition of Visitors
  • Keynote by Brent Leggs, Executive Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and
    Senior Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

2:00 – 2:30 PM

  • Visit community tables
  • Enjoy music
  • View Highland exhibits

2:30 – 3:15 PM

  • Reparations Breakout facilitated by Ramona Chapman, member of Highland Council of Descendant Advisors and
    Frank Dukes, Distinguished Institute Fellow at UVA’s Institute for Engagement + Negotiation


  • View Highland exhibits

3:15 PM

  • Calling of Names

3:30 PM

  • Music from Joyce Barbour
  • Reflection on the 2023 Descendants Day at Highland

3:45 PM

  • Closing Remarks
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with the Horace Scruggs Group


June 10, 2023
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


James Monroe’s Highland
2050 James Monroe's Highland
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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