Government Contract | Virginia
Memorial to Enslaved Workers

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000554764

Bid Title: Memorial to Enslaved Workers

Agency Bid No. Title: 16-03

Received Date: 04/27/2016

Close Date: 05/24/2016

Purchase Type: Not Stated

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Delivery Date: Not Stated


Specifications include, but are not limited to:The University of Virginia (University) invites highly qualified artists, architects, landscape architects and/or environmental designers, as individuals or teams, to submit a letter of interest and associated supporting materials in consideration for design of a new memorial to commemorate the contributions of enslaved workers in building and sustaining the University of Virginia. The scope of work will include conceptual design, cost estimates and illustrative materials to be used in fundraising. In collaboration with University representatives, the consultant will study alternative sites and recommend the most appropriate location for the memorial. The University reserves the option to engage the selected team for full professional services needed for production and installation of the memorial in accordance with the provisions of the University of Virginia Higher Education Capital Outlay Manual (HECOM).Background and Purpose of the Project: In 2013, under the direction of President Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia established the Presidents Commission on Slavery and the University (PCSU), which was charged with systematically investigating the role of slavery and the lives of the enslaved people at the University from the moment construction began in 1817 until the general emancipation in 1865. Most of the Universitys first enslaved laborers were rented from local slave-owners and worked alongside both whites and free people of color on all aspects of construction. When the first students arrived in 1825, enslaved African Americansmost owned by faculty or hotelkeeperstended livestock, prepared food, washed laundry, chopped wood, and managed the dirty business of nineteenth-century life. Dozens of men, women, and children lived and worked in the cellar rooms of hotels, pavilions, and lawn rooms, and labored to serve the daily needs of faculty and students.The PCSU has worked steadfastly on projects designed to honor the contributions of the enslaved and to help current and future generations understand the institutions history of slavery by re-inscribing that history and enslaved peoples life stories back onto the landscape. As part of that effort, in 2014 the University commemorated a recently discovered, renovated, and interpreted African American cemetery on University grounds. In 2015, the University had a new dormitory named for William and Isabella Gibbons, a couple who lived with different owners while enslaved at the University. This year, a Slavery Heritage Trail has been created that links the Rotunda Visitors Center interpretive space to key sites in the Academical Village and beyondthe bricks, the two existing historical plaques remembering the enslaved, the Anatomical theater, hotels, gardens, burial sites, and extant outbuildings and basement spaces where enslaved people lived and worked. The culmination of this process will be the creation of a contemplative memorial spaceperhaps with a water featurewhere visitors can reflect, remember, and pay respects to the enslaved.

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Product Codes: 92516, 92508, 92515, 96104

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: University of Virginia

State: Virginia

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Kathy Yarmey, Office of Contract Administration Facilities Planning, 1000 Ednam Center, Suite 100, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22903

Phone: 434-982-5943




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