1826 Account of Student Assault of Female SlaveThe Faculty Minutes of 1826 record the discipline of students who were involved in an attack on Mr. Crawford's boardinghouse, which involved the "insult[ing] and strip[ping]" of Mr. Crawford's "servant girl of her clothes." Student Turner Dixon stated he witnessed the assault and advised students to stop, while student George Hoffman acknowledged his involvement, alleging "this was done under the impression that she was one of the woman who had infected the Students with disease." The students received a "light punishment," as described in the Faculty Minutes, for appearing "sorry for the offense committed" and made reparation to the "injured party" - Mr. Crawford, not the servant herself. Faculty members Mr. Key and Dr. Emmett argued for greater punishment; the outcome, however, is not recorded.
University of Virginia. University of Virginia Faculty Minutes. September 20, 1826. Vols. I-XIX, 1825-1970, RG-19/1/1.461, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
"Jefferson's University - Early Life, 1819-1870" JUEL web site: http://juel.iath.virginia.edu/node/343?doc=/juel_display/faculty-minutes/Sessions/session-002
JUEL, University of Virginia Special Collections.
September 20, 1826.
Manuscript at Special Collections. Online transcript at JUEL: http://juel.iath.virginia.edu/node/343?doc=/juel_display/faculty-minutes/Sessions/session-002
|Tags||administrative response, race|
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