On July 8, 2021, Williamsburg City Council passed Resolution #21-05, which directed City Manager Andrew O. Trivette to form a Truth and Reconciliation Committee to study the impact of racism and racial injustice both historically and presently on residents of the City and to present their findings and recommendations to City Council for further action.
The Truth and Reconciliation Committee, made up of seven community members, held its first meeting on Sept. 15, 2021 and will regularly meet through June 2022. Vice Mayor Pat Dent serves as an ex officio member. City Manager Andrew O. Trivette and three City staff members support the committee and attend meetings monthly.
On Oct. 7, 2021, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee adopted a mission statement that provides the framework for its initial work:
The initial mission of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee includes but is not limited to:
uncovering and acknowledging the truth about the City of Williamsburg’s racial history by understanding, assessing and dissecting the pervasive role that slavery, racial injustices, systemic racism and racial biases have played in defining our community today, and
critically examining the ways the statutes, policies and practices of the City of Williamsburg have disadvantaged and disenfranchised its citizens of African ancestry; and
offering remedies to make amends that will foster racial healing, equity and reconciliation.