APM Reports: Shackled Legacy - Universities and the Slave Trade

Aug 7, 2018

A grave marker for an enslaved woman named Cicely, in the Old Burying Ground next to Harvard Square
Credit Stephen Smith / APM Reports

Airs Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. This documentary will focus on three universities – Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia -- as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories.