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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 08:12 AM
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232. Emory University in Atlanta issues its declaration of regret for slavery involvement
Emory University, and its predecessor, Oxford College (still in existence as a part of Emory U.) issued a "statement of regret" acknowledging the university's earlier involvement with slavery.

From the article: On the eve of Emory University's 175th anniversary year, the executive committee of the Board of Trustees has adopted a formal statement of regret over the history of the school's involvement with slavery.

Emory was founded in 1836 by a group of enterprising Methodists in a small town they dubbed Oxford after the famous seat of higher learning in England. The college itself was named for John Emory, a Maryland bishop who owned slaves, and a growing body of research has revealed the important role of slaves in helping to build and support the young institution.

The founders and early leaders of Emory were, by and large, supporters of slavery who were influential in bringing about a North-South schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church as the Civil War neared.

By consensus vote at the board's Jan. 13 meeting, the trustees' committee adopted a resolution declaring that:


Emory acknowledges its entwinement with the institution of slavery throughout the College's early history. Emory regrets both this undeniable wrong and the University's decades of delay in acknowledging slavery's harmful legacy. As Emory University looks forward, it seeks the wisdom always to discern what is right and the courage to abide by its mission of using knowledge to serve humanity.

A conference entitled Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies is being held this weekend at Emory, the conference website is http://transform.emory.edu/conference /




http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_REPORT/stories/2011/01/campu...
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wabe/news.newsmain/ar...

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