Harvard Pledges $100 Million to Redress Ties to Slavery

Tuesday - 26/04/2022 21:01
New report says Ivy League university profited from slavery during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries through its financial connection to donors
Harvard University belongs to a consortium of schools that have pledged to confront the role slave ownership has had on their institutions. PHOTO: MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES
Harvard University belongs to a consortium of schools that have pledged to confront the role slave ownership has had on their institutions. PHOTO: MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES

Harvard University has pledged $100 million to redress its historical ties to slavery. 

The announcement Tuesday coincides with the university’s release of a 134-page report detailing its connections to slavery, segregation and discrimination.

The Ivy League school’s faculty and staff enslaved more than 70 Black people between its founding in 1636 and 1783, when slavery became outlawed in Massachusetts, according to the report. 

The university also profited from slavery during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries through its financial connection to donors, some of whom are memorialized on campus. Those donors helped the university build its national reputation, the report said. 

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