Institutional Reparations

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

It’s easy, as individuals, to feel overwhelmed with the enormity making reparations. What needs to be accomplished first? Where do I start? The answer is as individual as you are. Start in your own sphere of influence. Here are some excellent examples of creative approaches to reparation, each a reflection of an individual family or institution’s own unique history and path to giving back.

JACK DANIEL CORPORATION

Nearest Green, slave who formulated Jack Daniel’s whiskey, honored with launch of Nearest Green Foundation.
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FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Greenville, SC
After more than a year of study, the Furman University Task Force on Slavery and Justice presents its findings in the report linked below.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

April 18, 2017 – An apology from Georgetown and the Society of Jesus’ Maryland Province for their roles in the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals for the university’s benefit.
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WILLIAM PAXTON CARY FAMILY

In 2018, descendants of William Paxton Cary created a scholarship in his name for African American students as a means of making reparations. Many generations of the Paxton and Cary families enslaved Africans. Could your family do something similar?
William Paxton Cary Scholarship, United Negro College Fund.

Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary used enslaved labor. Now it is spending $1.7 million on reparations.

Princeton Theological Seminary

The Princeton Theological Seminary is pledging to spend nearly $28 million on reparations over its ties to slavery, an effort believed to be one of the largest of its kind.