The Nau Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2018 grant from the Jefferson Trust to fund its two digital projects, “Black Virginians in Blue” and “UVA Unionists.” Both efforts will complicate and enrich our understanding of local Civil War history by exploring the lives of UVA students and black men born in Albemarle County, Virginia, who served in the Union army or navy during the American Civil War.
Funding from the Jefferson Trust will allow the Nau Center to double its current workforce of graduate and undergraduate students, to design and build a website for “UVA Unionists,” and to pursue research in archives outside of Virginia. The Trust’s support will help the Center complete both digital projects by the spring of 2020.
A program of the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia, the Jefferson Trust was founded in the 2005-06 academic year “to provide grant funding for initiatives that will enhance the student and faculty experiences at and overall reputation of the University of Virginia.” Over the years, the Trust has generously awarded millions of dollars to fund more than 150 different initiatives at the University. The Nau Center is grateful for the Trust’s support and generosity.