Virginia Seminary Launches $1.7 Million Fund For Reparations

September 13, 2019

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A Virginia seminary is creating a $1.7 million fund to make reparations after recognizing “that enslaved persons worked on the campus.” 

Virginia Theological Seminary said in a news release it segregated at its Alexandria, Virginia campus even after slavery ended. The income from the endowment will be distributed annually to address the needs of the African American alumni and the needs of descendants of enslaved persons who worked at the seminary. 

“This is a start. As we seek to mark Seminary's milestone of 200 years, we do so conscious that our past is a mixture of sin as well as grace,” said Rev. Ian S. Markham in a statement. “This is the Seminary recognizing that along with repentance for past sins, there is also a need for action.”

The seminary’s office of multicultural ministries will administer the program, according to a news release.

The fund was created to recognize the “racism in our past and working toward healing and reconciliation in the future,” the seminary said. 

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