Lewis Commodore

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Lewis Commodore was a slave purchased by the University of Virginia in 1832 at the cost of $580. His duties were to ring a bell at Rotunda and to open the library. He is believed to have lived near the chemistry laboratory. Commodore rang the bell until the mid-1840's when he was relived of his duties after being accused of drunkenness. He was sold in 1851. [1] [2]

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  1. Web. History of African-Americans at UVA, Kiera Givens, October 14, 2015, retrieved November 4, 2015.
  2. Web. Slavery at the University of Virginia, Brendan Wolfe, Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, retrieved November 4, 2015.

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