Donation for Slavery Atonement Is Given to U. of Missouri

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James S. Rollins is called the father of the University of Missouri because he was responsible for gathering support to open the institution and donated the land for the original campus. But he was also a slave owner, and, generations later, one of his descendants has decided to address that through a gift to the black-studies program.

Clay Westfall Mering is Mr. Rollins’s great-great grandson. He has given a $25,000 donation to the university to endow a fund for black studies, officials announced today.

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