A report by Danielle DeCourcey for ATTN.
Columbia University released a new report detailing its history with slavery, the latest prestigious school to publicly disclose how it profited from the sale of human beings.
“I think it’s critical universities do this,” Craig Steven Wilder, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology history professor specializing in American institutions, told ATTN:. “We’re institutions that are founded to produce knowledge and pursue truth and we can’t be cowardly when those truths are uncomfortable for us.”
The preliminary report addresses Columbia’s ties to slavery before 1865, when the school was called King’s College, and how profits from the slave trade helped to fund the university’s early days.
Significant funding to launch the university came from donors who made money from the Atlantic slave trade, at a time when America was still a British colony.
“The initial list of 66 ‘subscribers,’ who donated a total of over 5,000 pounds to help launch King’s, included Atlantic slave traders…
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