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"Yale inherited a small slave plantation in Rhode Island that it used to fund its first graduate programs and its first scholarships," Wilder says.

They sit atop the graves of African American slaves.

Jane and Cicely make for unusual clues, according to a Cambridge historian.

Few enslaved people were buried with expensive slate headstones.

And others argue that whatever colleges and universities are doing to acknowledge their slave-holding past — a campus memorial to slaves, for example — is motivated by public relations and does nothing to ameliorate the legacy of slavery and systemic inequality.

Brown University was the first to confront its ties to slavery in a major way.

They look like many of the thousand or so other markers in the Old Burying Ground in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Each has a name and a date chiseled into the surface and a skull-and-wings emblem — a symbol dating to medieval times — carved at the top.

The result has been historical investigations, university commissions, conferences, memorials, and, at Georgetown, a handful of the descendants of enslaved people arriving as first-year students at the institution that owned their ancestors.