Twin Memorials Working Group

Project Background

On October 22, 2020, President Fenves announced the reappointment and expansion of the Task Force on Untold Stories and Disenfranchised Populations. The Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for:

  • honoring enslaved persons whose labor contributed to the construction of Emory College;
  • awarding scholarships to attend Emory to descendants of the enslaved persons whose labor contributed to the founding and operation of Emory College, with preference for undergraduate scholarships;
  • memorializing Indigenous peoples who previously lived on land now owned by Emory; and
  • expanding existing curricular offerings focused on the legacies of slavery and Indigenous populations.

In their report delivered on April 1, 2021, the Task Force recommended the creation of Twin Memorials to honor the enslaved individuals who helped build Emory's Oxford and Atlanta campuses.

Twin Memorials Working Group Charge

The Twin Memorials Working Group will articulate and link the shared narrative of both campuses. It is charged with:

  • drafting and circulating a Request for Proposals to architectural firms to design and construct Twin Memorials to honor the labor of enslaved individuals who helped build Oxford College and Emory University.
  • developing plans for continued memorialization of Emory’s enslaved laborers through annual rituals, campus-wide programming, annual pilgrimages for new students to the Oxford and Atlanta campuses, and named recognition of those who continued work on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses following emancipation. The working group will collaborate with various stakeholders to launch sustainable initiatives that contribute to making Emory’s past known to internal and external audiences and annually bring individuals to the memorials on the Oxford and Atlanta campuses.

Further Background and News


Working Group Membership


Email the chairs

Gregory Ellison II 99C
Associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, Candler School of Theology

Bio of Professor Ellison

Douglas Hicks
Dean, Oxford College

Bio of Dean Hicks

Once the group is fully determined, all members will be listed.