Brown University Commission Presents Self-Flagellation Steps to Deal With Its Historical Ties to Slavery

A commission established by Brown University to make recommendations on how the university should deal with the fact that the institution’s founder had ties to the Atlantic slave trade has made a series of recommendations. The commission proposes that a memorial be established on the Brown campus that acknowledges the university’s ties to slavery. The commission also recommends that the university’s history regarding slavery should be represented in the school’s curriculum and that public events, seminars, and lectures on the history of slavery in Rhode Island should be sponsored. Another proposal calls for a prize to be created recognizing research on the slave trade.