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Memorial RFQ Page

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Memorial Project Request for Qualifications

About the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H&LS) Memorial Project Committee invites artists, architects, designers, multi-disciplinary teams, and other creators to express their interest in conceiving a site or sites on Harvard’s Cambridge campus for commemoration and reflection, as well as for listening to and living with the University’s legacy of slavery. We seek expressions of interest from those with investments of thought and practice in memorialization, ritual, community-building, history, and questions about the future. In particular, we are interested in creative visions that activate and make visible complex dynamics, such as: permanence and vitality; honor and rebuke; ecology and the built environment; institutional interest and the common good. We welcome submissions from individuals, collaboratives, and teams rooted in traditional or non-traditional memorial practices at any stage of their career.

The anticipated timeline for completion of the memorial is summer 2027. Upon review of all submissions, the Memorial Project committee will invite a small group of finalists to visit Harvard, meet with community members, and submit formal proposals to be considered for the Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Memorial. The University has provisionally budgeted approximately $4M for this project inclusive of artist fees, materials, fabrication, and construction costs. Additional funds from the Legacy of Slavery endowment may be available for short and long-term planning, programming, and engagement.



An interview with Tracy K. Smith and Dan Byers, the Harvard & Legacy of Slavery Memorial Committee co-chairs, is available from the Harvard Gazette. Email with questions about this opportunity or the project; for technical assistance with the SM Apply site, contact