Skip to main content


Memory Marks podcast and transcripts

Identifier: MSS 16747

Content Description

This collection contains audio files and transcripts created by students as part of ENWR 2520: Writing the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA in the Fall of 2021. Students were broken into four groups and each created a podcast episode and supplied the transcriptions. Students researched and reflected upon the history of slavery at the University of Virginia—including its connections to present day racism and white supremacy in Charlottesville and beyond. In addition to the four episodes, students also created an audio collage of what they learned from the project.

Episode 1: hidden in plain sight. Production Team: Annie Cao, Erica Cummings, August Lamb, Ashley Thompson. This episode explores the dark history of the spaces that UVA students interact with on a daily basis. We investigate the history of some well-known buildings, the people they were named after, and what their presence means for UVA going forward.

Episode 2: “more than words, more than symbols.” Production Team: Abigail Grable, Tristan Guarnieri, Jesse Lynch, Alejandro Waquin. This episode focuses on several of the individuals who built the university, the process of finding and adding names to the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (MEL), and how the presence of the MEL impacts the Charlottesville community.

Episode 3: the tale of two MELs. Production Team: Byron Bleuze, Jesse Brouillette, Yumna Rahman, Jeffrey Richbart. This episode reveals the story of how the MEL came to be. We examine the decisions that led to the creation of the memorial and the crucial (often unacknowledged) role that students played in making the MEL a reality.

Episode 4: nonlinear progress. Production Team: Yixuan Chen, Cabrel Happi, Heba Imam, Shakeel Panjwani. This episode traces Charlottesville’s and UVA’s nonlinear progress in addressing racial injustices and inequities, demonstrating how the past is still very much alive in our present moment.


  • Creation: 2021

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born digital files, etc.) cannot be handled directly by patrons. Please contact Special Collections via our online Reference Request form,, to request access to these materials. Please be aware that additional actions may be required to make these items available. Items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis before access can be made. Depending on the request size, it may take some time to make them available for use.


0.0754 Gigabytes (10 files: 5 pdfs, 5 mp3 files)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from Stephanie Ceraso, Department of English to the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on 15 February 2022.


This material contains references or imagery involving racism. The purpose of this note is to give users the opportunity to decide whether they need or want to view these materials, or at least, to mentally or emotionally prepare themselves to view the materials.

Memory Marks podcast and transcripts
Ellen Welch
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States