William & Mary soliciting ideas for slavery memorial

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary is soliciting ideas for how to memorialize black Americans who were enslaved at the school.

The university says in a statement that a competition for memorial concepts launched Tuesday. The deadline is Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

The project is part of a larger initiative to research William & Mary’s involvement with slavery and its relationship with the black community. The school has been uncovering and sharing its findings about the university’s enslaved men, women and children.

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors issued a resolution in April that apologized for the university’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

The university’s president, Katherine A. Rowe, says black Americans have played a vital role at the school, including helping to establish and maintain it.

Rowe said in a statement Tuesday the memorial will “allow us to continue to learn of their contributions and remember them — for all time coming. I am thankful for work by so many that has gotten us to this point and I look forward to seeing the submitted concepts.”

William & Mary says a group of alumni, staff, faculty and an undergraduate student will select three ideas and present them to Rowe.

Rowe will decide if one of the ideas is ready to be shared with the board of visitors by February 2019.

More information about the project can be found at this link.

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