UA student researching school’s link to slavery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A
University of Alabama senior is pursuing a research project on the
school's involvement in slavery and says he wants to present his
findings during Black History Month.

Benjamin Flax told the
Tuscaloosa News he feels it's important to remember and understand the
school's link to the slave trade and not to avoid it because it's an
uncomfortable subject.

History professor John Rothman says the
point of the project isn't to shame the university for its involvement
in slavery, but to question what it really means that the school owned
slaves. Rothman says slaves the university owned centuries ago helped
the school achieve success and it's important to remember them, too.

Flax estimates the school owned four slaves and used hundreds for construction and maintenance work on campus.