William Gibbons

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William Gibbons and his wife Isabella were married slaves owned by University of Virginia family up until emancipation. Each was owned by a different family. They taught themselves how to read and write using discarded books, even though becoming literate was prohibited by law. After emancipation, Isabella became a schoolteacher and William founded a church in Washington D.C. They would later return to Charlottesville.

The University of Virginia named a new residence hall after the couple in 2014. [1] The idea was a recommendation from the President's Commission on Slavery and the University.

See also: Isabella Gibbons

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