Wednesday, June 12, 2024
HomeSchoolsGoucher College Project to Study Slavery Ties to Land it Occupies

Goucher College Project to Study Slavery Ties to Land it Occupies


Goucher College is launching a new project that would research the role of slavery and racism in the history of the campus land it occupies.

The Hallowed Ground Project apart from studying the history would also remove the racist language written in the college’s original land deed and refile it with the State of Maryland.

The project will provide students and faculty members with historical and archaeological research opportunities and collaborative learning, so as to better understand what happened on campus during its early days.

“Social justice is a pillar of the Goucher community,” President Kent Devereaux said.

“The symbolic, public step of amending our original land deed will live in the historical record and reflect our community’s values. However, we didn’t want our commitment to stop there. We see it as an institutional priority to better understand and recognize the history of slavery on the 287 acres the college now resides upon.”

The college has also joined the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium and plans to establish a permanent memorial to honor the enslaved men, women, and children who once labored on the land.

In August, the University of Georgia announced an initative to explore the early links of slavery with the institution from its founding in 1785 through the end of the Civil War in 1865

Georgetown University students have also proposed creating a fund to benefit the descendants of 272 slaves who were sold in 1838 to pay off the university’s debts.

Princeton Seminary Allocates $27.6 Million for Slavery Reparations

You Might Also Like

Latest Posts

How to Choose a Career: 10 Practical Tips You Should Know

Figuring out how to choose a career after college starts with introspection, exposure, and experience.

13 Soothing Self-Care Hacks Against College Stress

Every student needs a much-needed break to keep going without burnout. These fun self-care activities can help manage college stress and protect mental health.

The Ultimate Guide to On-Campus vs. Off-Campus Housing

Your choice of campus housing significantly affects your daily life and well-being, as both on-campus and off-campus options offer unique benefits. 🧘