Honors Fellowships

Jill Found

Name: Jill Found 
Title of Project:
 Exhibiting Slavery: How Plantation Museums in Virginia Represent Slavery
Advisor:
 Melvin Ely
Honors Department: History

My project looks at how plantation museums in Virginia that focus on the colonial or early republic periods — of which there are over 40 — interpret the lives and contributions of enslaved people on the plantation.

The Honors Fellowship allows me to afford to travel across the state to visiti museums. The cost of gas, food and museum admission would have been too much for me to support on my own.

Hometown: Warrenton, VA
Majors: History
Future Plans: I am hoping to attend the five year program for secondary education at the College and then attend graduate school for American history.
Campus Activities: I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Flat Hat, a newspaper on campus, and a member of the Spotswood Society, giving tours of the Wren Building.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing silly board games, finding new music, and repurposing old things into art.
Fun Fact: I have five sisters! I have the same birthday as Thomas Jefferson. I have been involved in student journalism for 11 years but don’t plan on being a journalist.

Follow Jill’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!