Recognizing the importance of active remembrance of the work of Africans and African Americans, enslaved and free, who helped build Brown University and this nation

And in recognition of scholars and educators who confront history and effect change


The development of the revised and expanded second edition of Brown University’s Slavery and Justice Report has been a deeply collaborative effort at every stage. The editors — Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice; Cass Cliatt, Senior Vice President for Communications; and Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown Library — wish to express their gratitude to the many individuals who brought great care and expertise to this project. These include Sophie Abramowitz, Jennifer Bogdan-Jones, Cosette Bruhns, Crystal Brusch, Ben Cail, Andrew Creamer, Nick Dentamaro, Nora Dimmock, Lindsay Elgin, Yvonne Federowicz, Julia Hurley, Pedro Germano Leal, Steven D. Lubar, Andressa Macena Maia, Marie Malchodi, Joe Mancino, Matt Mayerchak, Sara Mohr, Kimberly Nusco, N’Kosi Oates, Sarah Rainwater, Willow Rambert, Joseph Rhoads, Kathleen Rose, Cody Ross, Ula Rutkowska, Neil Safier, Erica Saladino, Holiday Shapiro, Ben Tyler, Justin Uhr, Sarah Verity, and Nicole Wholean. These staff and faculty colleagues, students, and postdoctoral fellows contributed their scholarship, insights, and professional talents from Brown’s libraries and special collections, academic departments and programs, and administrative offices including the Office of the President and Office of University Communications.

Special thanks are due to the volume’s contributors for their insightful essays, as well as to President Christina H. Paxson, whose robust and enthusiastic support of the project was shared from the outset by Provost Richard M. Locke, University Librarian Joseph S. Meisel, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections Amanda Strauss, and Dean of the College Rashid Zia.

Finally, the editors wish to thank each other for their warm collegiality and tireless commitment to this project.

Notes on the digital edition

The design and development of the digital edition was a collaborative effort between Crystal Brusch, Jake and Company, and Studio Rainwater, the design agency for the print edition. The display typeface, Marsha, was designed by Vocal Type, a type foundry for creatives of color that aims to diversify design by foregrounding the design work of underrepresented communities.

As an open access publication, the digital edition provides enduring, barrier-free access to knowledge. Adherence to universal design principles ensures equitable use by all persons, including those with disabilities. The digital edition promotes deeper engagement with the historical documents contained in the original Report via high-resolution, zoomable images and links to full transcriptions, available here for the first time.

The 2006 Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice and the 2007 Response of Brown University to the Report of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice included in this volume reflect minor editorial revisions, such as corrected typographical errors, modernized spelling, and updated URLs that have been archived to ensure permanent, reliable, unalterable links to the online sources cited throughout the work.

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ISBN: 978-1-948459-07-5


Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Brown University’s Slavery and Justice Report with Commentary on Context and Impact. Providence: Brown University, 2021.


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