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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Reckoning with the Past to Understand the Present

A sepia-toned photo of a mansion and slave quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts.
In the 18th century, the Royall House was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts. It was a bequest from Isaac Royall Jr. that funded the establishment of Harvard Law School in 1817. In 2016, the Harvard Corporation approved the removal of the Law School’s shield, which was derived directly from the Royall coat of arms. Harvard Fine Arts Library Special Collections

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community. Our Radcliffe on the Road series (now virtual) will explore the charge of the initiative and the work under way to explore Harvard’s historical entanglements with slavery and its legacies, along with the initiative’s efforts to support student and community engagement.

Event Video

A sepia-toned photo of a mansion and slave quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts.

Speakers

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University 

Portrait of Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Tiya Miles, member of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Headshot of Tiya Miles

Martha Minow, member of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, former dean of Harvard Law School, and 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University

Martha Minow

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A sepia-toned photo of a mansion and slave quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts.

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