Public and private institutions across the United States (most notably in former slave-holding states along the Atlantic seaboard, particularly in the south) have been making strides to both document and interpret the role of slavery, and the work of enslaved Africans, in the success of those institutions. This writer explores the extensive—and ironic—involvement of slave labor in some of America's most famous symbols of freedom, including the White House and US Capitol. DC's well-regarded Georgetown University in particular has been undergoing a relatively thorough search for the meaning of the university's profit off of slave labor—including the selling of slaves--in the history and success of that institute of higher learning.
‘Their pain was unparalleled’: How slaves helped build democracy’s symbols and save Georgetown University
By Michael S. Rosenwald
The Washington Post
April 19, 2017