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Introduction
Introduction

The story of the construction of the University and the role played by the builders is complicated and much neglected.
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Tasks and Individuals, Including Slaves
Tasks and Individuals,
Including Slaves


This list gives some idea of the magnitude of the building project, the tasks involved, and the numbers of individuals involved. The names are assembled from various sources, including records kept by the University proctor.
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Recorded Slaves
Recorded Slaves

The names of the many slaves who worked on the construction were for the most part not recorded; some African Americans were paid independently as indicated in this list and they may have been free.
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Slaves Listed as University workers
Slaves Listed as University workers

These slaves are not listed as workmen on the actual building project but are listed as workers/maintenance within the University.
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While Jefferson is the name most closely associated with the University’s founding and the design of the Grounds, he did not work alone. Indeed, hundreds of skilled workmen and artisans built the University brick by brick, giving physical form to Jefferson’s great plan. Their labor formed the backbone of a site recognized internationally as one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces.

When the 1993 exhibition was first presented 300 names were known. Since that time additional names have been discovered, however, substantive information about all of the
workers has been sparse. We hope to add to our knowledge through your response to the lists provided here.