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UGA faculty group to continue study of Baldwin Hall, slavery – News – Athens Banner-Herald


It’s been more than a year since workers reburied remains from the graves of more than 100 presumed slaves and freed slaves found during an expansion and renovation project at the University of Georgia’s Baldwin Hall.

But UGA administrators are having a more difficult time burying dissent over how the university handled that process as well as the larger questions of how the university should acknowledge the role of slaves and slavery in the university’s history.

According to UGA, administrators consulted “several elected leaders of the local African American community” before proceeding, and followed the instructions of the Georgia state archaeologist in handling and burying the remains.

But many in Athens’ black community — some of…

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College apologizes for its role in slavery, segregation


The College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors issued a formal apology April 20 for its role in slavery and segregation. GRAPHIC BY LEONOR GRAVE / THE FLAT HAT

For close to two centuries, the College of William and Mary used slave labor. The College admitted its first African-American residential students in 1967.

Today, the Board of Visitors voted unanimously to approve a resolution apologizing for the university’s role in slavery and segregation at their full board meeting.

“The Board of Visitors acknowledges that William and Mary enslaved people, exploited them and their labor and perpetuated the legacies of racial discrimination,” College President Taylor Reveley said, reading from the resolution. “The Board profoundly regrets these activities, apologizes for them, expresses…

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Missouri Senator Calls on White Democrats, Claire McCaskill for Slavery Reparations


Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, blasted white Democrats on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying there’s “no difference” between them and members of the Republican Party.

Chappelle-Nadal said Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill should add slavery reparations to the national Democratic platform as she says both parties have failed African-Americans, the Kansas City Star first reported. Chappelle-Nadal gained widespread notoriety last year for a Facebook post longing for President Donald Trump’s assassination and a later tweet comparing him to Adolf Hitler, but her comments this week honed in on members of her own party.

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Artists unveil statue questioning Denmark’s role in slavery


HELSINKI (AP) — Two artists have unveiled a statue of a black woman — a piece questioning the Nordic country’s colonial past in the Caribbean and its role in slavery — in the Danish capital.

The nearly seven-meter (23-feet) tall sculpture, dubbed “I am Queen Mary,” is said to be the first statue of a black woman publicly displayed in Denmark.

It depicts a black woman sitting proudly in a chair, holding a torch in one hand and a cane cutter in the other in a reference to plantation slaves’ struggle for freedom.

In this photo taken on Saturday, March 31, 2018, a view of the 23-feet sculpture by Danish artist Jeanette Ehlers in collaboration with Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle, dubbed “I am Queen Mary” as it is unveiled, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two…

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Faculty group presses UGA on its slavery history – News – Athens Banner-Herald


When faculty and administrators drive in to their jobs at the University of Georgia’s Baldwin Hall, they’re driving over the graves of slaves or former slaves.

But that’s just one part of a bigger issue a UGA faculty group is wrestling with as it considers how the university should confront and acknowledge slavery in its history, and whether UGA has followed through on promises made earlier, when remains from 105 graves were removed from the Baldwin site and reburied off campus. Other graves remain beneath the pavement beside the building, UGA anthropologists have found.

The group, the Faculty Senate of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, hasn’t taken any official steps on such concerns, but UGA’s response — or lack of it…

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As Freitas’ guns speech goes viral, Virginia Democrats say slavery remarks reopened racial wounds | General-assembl…


Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, was riding a wave of national publicity Monday after a fiery pro-gun speech last week that several African-American Democrats condemned as racially insensitive for its references to poverty and slavery.

Freitas — one of several Republicans running to take on U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., this fall — appeared on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to recap his speech, an attempt to turn the tables on House Democrats who had been blasting the GOP for inaction in response to a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. A video of the speech Freitas posted on Facebook on Friday had drawn 11 million views as of Monday afternoon after…

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