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Slave burial ground, University of Alabama
- Enslaved people built and worked at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa from its founding until the end of the United States Civil War. These enslaved laborers were rented or owned by faculty and members of the university’s leadership. When they died, many of them were buried in a campus cemetery in unmarked graves.
- Today, modern buildings and parking lots have been built on the site of this cemetery. A 2004 marker at the edge of the former cemetery identifies two enslaved people, Jack and William Boysey, who worked on the campus and were owned by the university president. The plaque offers an apology from the university for its role in the institution of slavery.
More to think about
What else would you like to see the Slave Burial Ground marker include or address? If you could edit the text or change the shape, design, or location, what would you do?