Jefferson’s Shadow

Brendan Wolfe
Jan 20, 2020 · 19 min read

On the occasion of its bicentennial, and in the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia confronts its own history.


In the spring of 1921 the University of Virginia hosted a celebration of its first hundred years. The event had been delayed two years because of the Great War, so when Rector John Stewart Bryan rose to speak on the steps of the Rotunda it was with the awful…