MEL Aerial Shot
Image Credit
Courtesy of Howeler and Yoon
Hours and Directions

The Memorial is open to the public. Visiting the Memorial is free and available 24 hours a day.

The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers is located at 1620 University Avenue, at the edge of the University of Virginia’s Grounds in the sloping landscape of the “Triangle of Grass” close to the intersection of University Avenue and Elliewood Avenue.

For directions please click here. Parking near the Memorial is limited. Public parking lots near the Memorial are highlighted in the linked map. We recommend the Central Grounds Parking Garage (fees will apply - and please note that all garages at the University are free after 5pm) at 400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22903 for single family cars. For larger groups in buses, contact [email protected].

Map of MEL




The University Guide Service conducts a special historical tour covering the 'History of African Americans' at the University. More information can be found at The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA (DEC-UVA) can collaborate with the UGuides (if desired).

A walking tour of the history of enslaved African Americans at the University is available to contextualize your visit to the Memorial. This self-guided tour introduces some of the people, places, and stories related to early life at UVA. An initiative of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, the brochure can be downloaded here. The walking tour can also be downloaded as an app here.


The site is ADA accessible. If you are interested in visiting the site and require further assistance regarding accessibility, please contact [email protected].