List of African-American Individuals

[Julia Munro. Last updated: 06/22/17]

Here you will find a list of African Americans associated with the University of Virginia, 1819-1870, enslaved or otherwise. This list is continually updated as new evidence is found by JUEL researchers in the University primary source records and entered into the JUEL database. As much as possible, names, dates, and identifying information is provided, to best highlight the presence and role of the many individuals named below - such as Sally Cottrell Cole (P47545), the subject of the portrait below.

Click on Staff and Family 1826-1870 to access articles from the Alumni Bulletin, 1894-1915, that discuss those (including servants and freedpersons) who were part of the University's first years.  

SEE ALSO: List of Owners/Overseers

Related: Mini Showcase 2: Slave Hiring Materials contains scans of "accounts for general repairs and improvements, 1828," "Jno. S. May, letter to John A. Carr, 1832," and "letters of recommendation for workmen."

Sally Cottrell ColeLIST OF NAMES (organized by chronological reference in JUEL records)

NOT REFERRED TO BY NAME:

  • anon0037 (P47331): "two hands" of J. H. Woods, 1821
  • anon0035 (P47303): "negro" of Peck & Crawford, 1822
  • anon0036 (P47329): "two boys" of Abiah Thorn, 1823
  • anon0051 (P47526): "6 boys" of J. H. Cocke, 1823
  • anon0011 (P47048): "boy," 1823
  • anon0014 (P47115): "hand" of George W. Spotswood, 1825
  • anon0015 (P47128): "hand" of Joseph Autrin, 1825
  • anon0018 (P47149): "hire" of S. B. Chapman, 1825
  • anon0020 (P47163): "negro" of Charles Poindexter, 1825
  • anon0045 (P47341): "single hand" of Dr. George Blaetterman, 1825
  • anon0046 (P47343): "2 Hands" of Branham & Bibb, 1825
  • anon0019 (P47157): "hand" of J. Gray, 1826
  • anon0010 (P47018): female servant, 1826
  • anon0055 (P47562): "hands" of Dr. Emmet, 1826
  • anon0038 (P47332): "hires"/ "two hands" of Richard Poindexter, 1826-7
  • anon0002 (P44616): janitor, 1827
  • anon0054 (P47536): "hand" of Alexander Garrett, 1827
  • anon0009 (P47002): woman, 1827
  • anon0001 (P44377): janitor, 1828
  • anon0016 (P47130): "boy" of Charles Bonnycastle, 1828
  • anon0053 (P47533): "female servant" of Dr. Robert Maskell Patterson, 1830
  • anon0047 (P47347): "boy" / "negro" learning violin, 1833
  • anon0013 (P47073): "a free woman of color," 1834
  • anon0003 (P44621): "a free woman," 1836
  • anon0004 (P44622): male servant of Dr. Magill, 1836
  • anon0005 (P44628): servant of Dr. Emmet, 1836
  • anon0008 (P46981): "a small negro boy," 1836
  • anon0048 (P47369): male servant of Mr. Conway, 1837 
  • anon0006 (P44798): janitor, 1850
  • anon0007 (P44805): "a small negro girl," 1850
  • anon0012 (P47051): "a girl of ten or eleven," 1856

 

REFERRED TO BY FIRST NAME ONLY:

 

REFERRED TO BY FIRST AND LAST NAME: 

 

REFERRED TO AS AN ANONYMOUS GROUP: 

  • Arthur Spice Brockenbrough's hands (CB0931)
  • Mrs. Gray's servants (CB0854)
  • Mr. Rose's servants (CB0856)
  • Col. Ward's servants (CB0858)
  • Unspecified hotel servant (CB0126)
  • Unspecified group of "negroes" (CB0857)