Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary FREE STUDENT ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

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Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary



The Lemon Project Committee on Memorialization (LPCOM), acting on behalf of William & Mary and its Board of Visitors, invites submissions for a design concept for a memorial to the men, women and children whose labor and lives William & Mary held in bondage from its founding until the Civil War. We seek a conceptual design for a physical memorial that establishes a new place of community and contemplation within or directly engaging with the setting of William & Mary’s Historic Campus. By virtue of its scale, location, materials and narrative content, the conceptual design will create a noble and lasting tribute to the memory of the people who built and served the university.


This search for a design concept is open to designers, artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, as well as people from outside the design field: anyone who is inspired to respond to this call. Student entries are encouraged.

  • Participants may enter as individuals or as a part of a team.
  • Faculty and staff members of LPCOM are not eligible to enter.



Submissions will be accepted until October 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. All participants are required

August 28-October 12 Open for submission of design entries
September 14 Final questions due
Late-September Jury evaluation process begins
November Three designs submitted to president
February 2019 President shares one design to BOV for review and comment
Spring 2019 Design Development Phase Begins



There will be a first place prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $750, and a third place prize of $500. The Jurors may identify additional participants whose conceptual designs are recognized as “honorable mention” with no cash award.






The jurors for this competition have deep connections to William & Mary and includes alumni, students and community members:

  • Rex Ellis ’89 Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Artisia Green, ’00, Director of Africana Studies, William & Mary
  • Zena Howard FAIA, Managing Director, North Carolina Practice of Perkins+Will
  • Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Ph.D. ’92, Professor of History; Dean, College of Liberal Arts; Director, Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies, Norfolk State University
  • Ivie S. Orobaton ’19, student representative, history and anthropology major
  • Justin Reid ’09, Director of Virginia Humanities’ African-American programs
  • Hon. John Charles Thomas, former William & Mary Board of Visitor
  • Sibel Zandi-Sayek, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, William & Mary
  • Luiza Newlin-Lukowicz, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, William & Mary

All jurors are bound by the rules of this search.

The jurors will recommend three conceptual designs to William & Mary’s president, who will review each and determine if one is ready to be shared with the William & Mary Board of Visitors.

All designs will be evaluated anonymously.







For more information about this competition, please contact us.