President's Special Commission on Slavery and Justice
In spring 2023, VCU's Office of the President launched Project Gabriel to report, reconcile and heal the wounds caused by VCU's historic ties to the institution of slavery. This effort is so named after Gabriel Prosser, an enslaved Richmond man who organized a rebellion in 1800 intended to end slavery in Virginia. In 2022, VCU renamed its African American Studies building in his honor.
Inspired by Gabriel's boldness, courage and conviction, this commission will be deliberate in its efforts to guide VCU on a path toward reckoning with its past, engaging with its present and strengthening all communities for the future.