University of Cambridge says it gained from slave trade


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By Alistair Smout, Reuters

Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. (Joe Giddens / Press Association via AP file)

Britain’s University of Cambridge said on Thursday it had benefited from the proceeds of slavery over its history, and promised to expand scholarships for Black students and fund more research into the murderous trade.

The acknowledgement comes as a string of leading institutions – from the Bank of England to the Church of England – have been re-evaluating the central role that slavery had in enriching Britain and how they benefited from its injustices.

Cambridge said an investigation it commissioned had found no evidence that the university itself ever owned slaves or plantations directly. But the findings showed it had received “significant benefits” from slavery.

Those came from university benefactors who had made their money from the slave trade, the university’s investments in companies that participated in it, and fees from plantation-owning families, according to the investigation’s report.

Keep reading the details of this acknowledgment.

Cambridge joins Harvard, the subject of a recent report about its ties to slavery and a lawsuit by the descendant of an enslaved person.

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