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Harvard & the legacy of slavery

On April 26, 2022, Harvard President Larry Bacow released the Report of the Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery, accepted the committee’s recommendations in full, and announced a historic commitment of $100 million to fund their implementation.

Branding Slaves, 19th century. Source: William O. Blake, The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade (Columbus, 1857), p. 97.

The first phase of the initiative’s work was to uncover the truth of Harvard’s ties to slavery through deep research guided by a committee of distinguished faculty drawn from across the University. This research provides a strong foundation for our next phase: the process of reckoning and repair.


Read the Report and Recommendations

President Bacow’s Message to the Community

About the Initiative

Presidential Committee

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