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Lawmakers consider withholding housing funds from tribes that discriminate against descendants of enslaved people

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House lawmakers are considering legislation that would withhold federal funds from tribal nations who discriminate against Freedmen, the descendants of people they once enslaved. The House Committee on Financial Ser...

Their ancestors were enslaved workers. Now they’re getting $2,100 a year in reparations

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Linda Johnson-Thomas' grandfather worked at the Virginia Theological Seminary for more than a decade, first as a farm laborer before moving up to head janitor. Her grandparents lived in a little white house on campu...

Native Americans weren’t alone on the Trail of Tears. Enslaved Africans were, too

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When Alaina E. Roberts started piecing her family's history together she made a surprising discovery that changed what it meant to be a Black American. Her father's ancestors in Oklahoma were once enslaved by Nativ...

Brown University undergraduates vote for reparations for descendants of enslaved people

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Over a decade ago, Brown University released a report with findings on its ties to slavery, and now undergraduate students have voted in support of reparations for descendants of enslaved people. The vote comes at ...

Jesuits commit $100 million to the descendants of people the order once enslaved

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In 1838, the Jesuits who ran Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved people to pay off the university's debts. Many of them baptized Catholic, they were bought by planters to work in sugar plantations in Louisiana....

A sculpture of the enslaved Black explorer who was on the Lewis and Clark expedition was mysteriously placed in an Oregon park

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A bust of the enslaved explorer who accompanied Lewis and Clark was mysteriously put in a Portland, Oregon, park last month. Weeks later, the artist still hasn't formally come forward -- but the work has sparked a c...

A judge ruled photos of enslaved individuals belong to Harvard, not their direct descendant

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A woman who says she is the direct descendant of a man and woman pictured in some of the earliest known photographs of enslaved people does not have a property interest in the images, now owned by Harvard University...

The Cherokee Nation acknowledges that descendants of people once enslaved by the tribe should also qualify as Cherokee

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A longstanding dispute over who can be considered a citizen of the Cherokee Nation finally came to a conclusion this week. The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the tribal nation remove the phrase "...

Researchers to restore what might be the oldest building in the US dedicated to the education of free and enslaved Black children

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After years of examining centuries-old writings and digging up artifacts, researchers recently confirmed that an 18th-century building on the College of William & Mary campus was once a school for free and ensla...

Johns Hopkins University thought its namesake was an abolitionist, but records show he owned enslaved people

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The founder and namesake for one of the top medical schools in the nation owned enslaved people in the mid-1800s, Johns Hopkins University leadership announced Wednesday in a letter. Census records indicate Johns H...