Harvard unveils plaque committed to slaves who lived, worked there

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:25 AM

The slate plaque was placed on Wadsworth House. The building served as the official residence of Harvard’s presidents until one thousand eight hundred forty-nine.

Harvard unveils plaque committed to slaves who lived, worked there

Harvard University’s president committed a plaque Wednesday to slaves who worked on the campus centuries ago.

The slate plaque was placed on Wadsworth House. The building served as the official residence of Harvard’s presidents until 1849.

The plaque lists the names of Titus and Venus, who served as slaves for President Benjamin Wadsworth from one thousand seven hundred twenty-five until one thousand seven hundred thirty-seven. It also lists the names of Juba and Bilhah, who were slaves in the household of President Edward Holyoke from one thousand seven hundred thirty-seven until 1769.

President Drew Faust said at the ceremony that Harvard "was directly complicit in America'south system of racial bondage," and the plaque is meant to recollect "stolen lives."

Faust was joined by civil rights boss John Lewis, D-Georgia, who's said that the best way to cleanse the country’s scathing history of slavery was to acknowledge it, the Boston Globe reported.

The event comes after Harvard Law School decided it was going to delete the coat of arms of a slave owner off of its seal. That modify came with protests.

About one hundred people attended the event, but it was mostly administrators and professors, the Globe reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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