By Amy Madison
The University of Virginia will change recently updated logos to remove design aspects that refer to objects on campus associated with the school’s history of using slave labor, the school announced in a statement.
The university’s longstanding logo — a large “V” over crossed sabres — was updated on April 24, with the added details to the grip of the sword handles meant to “mimic the design of the serpentine walls” found on campus.
The original walls, built in the 1820s, were designed by university founder Thomas Jefferson to muffle the sounds of and hide from view the slaves who toiled on campus. Those walls were later removed and replaced with shorter versions in the 1950s.
The Nike-branded changes, which included updates to the university’s primary and secondary logos, “pays homage to our tradition and what we hope our future will be,” Virginia athletics director Carla Williams said in April.
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