The Lemon Project was founded after sustained efforts from student and faculty calling for a full examination of the College of William and Mary's role in the past. As a result, the Board of Vistors recognized the role of the college in slavery and offered its support for the establishment of The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation.
The Lemon Project is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program maintains a three-pronged approach to fully reconcile with this history:
1. Investigating and making public histories of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, African American contributions to the broader Tidewater Region, and more.
2. Creating programs which support students of color at the college.
3. Repairing the relationship between the college and African Americans in Williamsburg.
This web page adds to our efforts by creating an open access format for anyone interested in these histories. You will find on our Omeka site exhibits, and archive, and resources for descendants of the enslaved/ the broader African American community.
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