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Student group opposes Harvard Law seal, citing slavery ties

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Some students at Harvard Law School want the school to change its official seal, citing its ties to an 18th-century slaveholder.

The seal depicts three bundles of wheat, an image borrowed from the family crest of Isaac Royall Jr. It is meant to pay tribute to Royall, a wealthy merchant who donated his estate to create the first law professorship at Harvard University, just before the university established the law school.

But Royall made much of his wealth through the slave trade, and his family owned dozens of slaves at its Massachusetts house, which is now a museum.

Read entire article at The Boston Globe


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