Working Group on the History of African Americans at W&L

In August 2013 Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio established a working group to examine the role of African Americans in the history of the University. In his instructions to the group, President Ruscio emphasized that its work should include a straightforward look at the history of enslaved people at the institution and should also identify themes, trends and important moments up to the present time.

The Working Group

Michael Hill, Professor of Africana Studies, co-chair

Barton A. Myers, Associate Professor of History, co-chair

Rebecca Benefiel, Professor of Classics

Tom Camden, Associate Professor, Head of Special Collections & Archives

Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor of History

Jeff Hanna, Special Assistant to the VP for University Advancement

MaKayla Lorick, Class of 2020

Drewry Sackett, Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Tammi Simpson, Associate Dean of Students