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.
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