Several colleges and educational institutions have recently admitted that they benefited from slave labor and some have created reparations programs.
The Episcopal Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., not only acknowledged that it relied on slave labor in the 19th century, but is also starting a $1.7 million reparations fund.
Slaves helped build the campus and continued to use enslaved labor after its creation, the school said. It also admits to participating in segregation after the emancipation of slaves.
The fund will be used to help any descendants of slaves who worked there. The endowment will also be used to support Black clergy in the Episcopal Church, promote justice and inclusion, and support the needs of local African-American congregations connected to the seminary, The Associated Press reported.
The seminary will create a task force to determine descendants and how funds should be allocated.
With the establishment of the fund, the Virginia Theological Seminary could “become the first institution in the country to offer reparations to descendants of enslaved persons,” Fox 5 DC reported.
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