Virginia athletics updates logos to remove feature that referenced school's slavery history
The University of Virginia Sports Department announced that they have updated their primary and secondary logos to remove the curve on the handles of the logo that represents the serpentine walls on campus.
"After the release of our new logos on April 24, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery," said sports director Carla Williams in a statement Monday. "I was previously unaware of the historical perspective, which indicates that the original eight-foot walls were built to protect the institution of slavery and enslaved workers from the public."
The sabers on both logos have been changed to remove the curves on the handles that represented the serpentine walls. The walls were originally used to hide enslaved workers on campus in the 19th century.
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"There was no intention to cause harm, but we did, and I apologize to those who have suffered the pain of slavery in our history," said Williams. "For this reason, we have redesigned the logos to remove these details. All other aspects of the logos remain unchanged."
The school said it had started updating its logos on all platforms.
Virginia’s Sports Department also allows fans who purchased equipment between April 24 and June 14 to contact the Sports Department for an exchange.
"I have been working on better education over the past few weeks and this education continues," said Williams.
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