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With Plans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Two Seminaries Prompt A Broader Debate

Two seminaries with historic ties to slavery recently set aside money for reparations. Another rejected such a proposal. The moves have prompted a debate over how to make up for pro-slavery legacies.

Among elite U.S. universities, Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Georgetown have all admitted in recent years that at one time they benefited financially from the slave trade. But two Protestant seminaries have now gone a step further, saying that in recognition of their own connections to racism they have a Christian duty to pay reparations.

Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., the flagship institution of the U.S. Episcopal Church, that it has set aside $1.7 million for a reparations fund,

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