The History of Enslaved People at UA, 1828-1865

During the academic year 2021-2022 the Task Force Research Group completed a comprehensive assessment of University of Alabama Administration Records for the period up to 1865. Part of this project was to ensure that all materials pertaining to slavery at the university were identified. Another crucial goal was to transcribe the contents of the main record sets from this time. Most important of all, however, was identifying as many of the enslaved individuals who labored on UA’s campus, or who were enslaved by faculty and college presidents, as possible and recording those names, and the documents associated with them, in a digital history project. The History of Enslaved people at UA website acknowledges and memorializes these individuals by including their names. It also includes narratives of the lives of some enslaved people who lived and labored on UA’s campus.

Hallowed Grounds Project

Created by Dr. Hilary N. Green, this tour seeks to shed light onto the lives, experiences, and legacy of the many enslaved men, women, and children who lived, worked, and even died at The University of Alabama, 1828-1865. There is a self-guided full tour (approximately 90 minutes) available online. There is also a self-guided shorter tour (approximately 45-60 minutes) available online as a mobile friendly option. Following Dr. Green’s departure from UA in 2022, Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) Ambassadors now host Hallowed Grounds tours.

Autherine Lucy: Forgotten Hero

Created by Dr. Meredith Bagley, this alternative campus tour focuses on Race & Memory at UA. Centering the experiences of Autherine Lucy (who broke UA’s color line seven years before Vivian Malone and James Hood registered for classes and prompted Governor Wallace’s so-called “Stand in the Schoolhouse door”), this self guided digital tour introduces viewers to a remarkable woman and the events and legacies of February, 1956.

Historical Plaques Referencing Slavery, Race, and Civil Rights

A historical marker on the campus of the University of Alabama honoring and recognizing the enslaved people owned by the University and its faculty.
Click to enlarge. A historical plaque honoring and recognizing the lives and legacies of Jack Rudolph and Boysey Brown.

A number of historical plaques on The University of Alabama’s campus mark locations and events of significance.

Antebellum Era

Slave Cemetery Little Round House

Desegregation Era

Autherine Lucy Foster Foster Auditorium, the site of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower and Malone-Hood Plaza Autherine Lucy James Hood Vivian Malone

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail

Developed by the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation, and edited by Dr. John Giggie, this self-guided tour, with map and descriptions available in pamphlet form and online, covers local civil rights history back to the antebellum period, a story that often intertwines with that of the University.

Resources for Study

Review a resource guide for primary and secondary sources for studying the history of race, slavery, and civil rights at The University of Alabama.