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.  The idea was a recommendation from the President's Commission on Slavery and the University.
See also: Isabella Gibbons
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- Web. New U.Va. Residence Hall, Gibbons House, Named for Former Slave Couple - See more at: http://news.virginia.edu/content/new-uva-residence-hall-gibbons-house-named-former-slave-couple#sthash.tPpTtl6n.dpuf, Ann Broomley, March 26, 2015, retrieved November 4, 2015.