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Rutgers U, UPenn Work to Educate Public About Institutionsā€™ Historical Slavery Ties

Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) are attempting to educate the public about their campusesā€™ ties to slavery, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

Rutgers University E1614203791957Rutgers plans to place four historical plaques on its New Brunswick campus in the spring. These markers will show how school figures ā€” such as Rutgersā€™ first president, Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, and New Jerseyā€™s first governor, William Livingston ā€” amassed wealth from slavery.

ā€œHistory is often troubling,ā€ said Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Rutgersā€™ president, the schoolā€™s first Black president. ā€œBut I think mature institutions who are confident in who they are in the present can handle and withstand telling stories about their past.ā€

Meanwhile at UPenn, one team of students, staff and faculty has presented an augmented reality app that allows visits to six campus sites that teach about the schoolā€™s history with slavery and scientific racism. One site points out that 10 of UPennā€™s 39 residential houses are named after slave owners.

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