New findings from Penn Slavery Project show how U. benefitted financially from enslaved laborBreaking News
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The student researchers in the Penn Slavery Project expanded upon their initial findings further demonstrating the University's connections to slavery at a presentation April 23.
This semester the group focused on the construction of Penn's early campus – what was then known as The Academy of Philadelphia – as well as the connections of contemporary professors and alumni to the slave trade.
The students unearthed evidence that several leading figures, such as Robert Smith, a prominent architect for the Academy and a slaveholder, had substantial involvement in the slave trade. There is also significant evidence that the University had substantial knowledge of the connections, which included a campaign soliciting funds from many wealthy donors, many of whom owned slaves.
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