Harvard College and Slavery

"Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History" website with videos and a publication based on student research in History Seminars 84g and 1656: http://www.harvardandslavery.com/

"Slavery Ties Left Unexplored: Harvard Crimson, April 25, 2008.: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2008/4/25/slavery-ties-left-unexplored-with-initiatives/

Beneath the Ivy, a Legacy of Chains. Harvard Crimson, October 27, 2006. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2006/10/27/beneath-the-ivy-a-legacy-of/

Seminar Studies Slave Ties. Harvard Crimson: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2008/4/24/seminar-studies-slave-ties-span-stylefont-style/

Eric Johnson, What Harvard Law Owes to Slaves: Black Issues in Higher Education, 2001: http://www.pixelization.org/2009/04/acknowledging-what-harvard-law-owes-to-slaves.html
see also this posting, with extensive comments, at: http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2009/04/acknowledging-what-harvard-law-owes-to-slaves.html

President Wadsworth

"Benjamin Wadsworth, Class of 1690, brought two slaves to his new residence—Wadsworth House—when he became Harvard’s president in 1725. " See Diary in Harvard University Archives: http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~hua01005

Issac Royall and The Royall House Slaves

The slave-based fortune of Issac Royall played a significant (if indirect) role in the initial funding of the first professorship of law at Harvard.

Louis Agassiz, "Separate Creation" and Slavery

Agassiz commissioned daguerreotypes of African-born enslaved persons on South Carolina plantations. His theory of separate creation was cited approvingly by pro-slavery advocates. The images are held in the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The enslaved persons--known as Delia Jack, Fannesa and Renty--were photographed by Joseph T. Zealy, Some images accessible via the Peabody site search page at and enter 35-5-10 in the box, clicking on "Contains".

The Soledad /Atkins Plantation in Cuba

Harvard was involved in the Soledad plantation (near Cienfuegos, Cuba) from c. 1910 up until the Cuban Revolution, through the Harvard Botanical Garden and related initiatives. Former enslaved laborers on the plantation evidently came in contact with Harvard faculty advising on sugarcane cultivation.