Social Hall, a brick Federal-style residence in Charlottesville
Original Author: Sanjay Suchak
Created: 2019 photograph
Medium: Digital photograph

Social Hall

This is a side view of Social Hall, a Federal-style mansion in downtown Charlottesville that was built, probably by enslaved laborers, in the early nineteenth century. This residence was owned by John R. Jones, a wealthy financier and merchant engaged in the slave trade. Jones enslaved the entire Bullock family—mother Cynthia, father Abraham, and their five children. One of the sons, Burkley Bullock, was born enslaved in 1830 and “performed the duties of a house boy” for the Jones family at Social Hall, according to Bullock family history. Burkley Bullock went on to become a successful Black entrepreneur and community organizer.