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In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession

Emory, Racism and the Journey Towards Restorative Justice 

September 29, 2021 - October 1, 2021

Many universities are examining their histories and discovering their connections to slave labor and Indigenous dispossession. This symposium will highlight the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions will include creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. 

See the online program schedule for a complete list of sessions and speakers and our complementary programming for related and ongoing exhibitions. 

You can also sign up for symposium updates. 

The symposium begins Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 5:45 pm with prayers, blessings, rituals, and acknowledgements, followed by keynote remarks and an outdoor meet and greet. The programming continues from 8 am to 6:45 pm on Thursday, September 30, on Emory University’s Atlanta campus, and 8 am to 6:15 pm on Friday, October 1, on its Oxford campus. 

For Emory and Oxford students, faculty, and staff: Volunteers will be important for this event. If you are interested in being a volunteer for the symposium, please sign up as soon as possible through Emory OPEN using the following links (you will need to sign in with your Emory ID and password):

COVID-19 safety precautions
Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta, and in consultation with public health experts on and off campus, Emory University has developed guidelines and resources for a continued safe learning environment. Read more about Emory’s health and safety protocols

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Looking Forward

Emory University is a member of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium, which allows participating institutions to work together as they address both historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and in university communities.

Dive Deeper


We acknowledge that Emory University was founded in 1836 on the historic lands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, 15 years after the First Treaty of Indian Springs (1821) dispossessed the Muscogee of land including both Emory campus locations. We also acknowledge that Emory University's founders were slaveholders, and the Oxford campus was originally constructed by enslaved people. To these peoples and their descendants, we acknowledge the grave injustices inflicted on them, and we recognize the indelible mark of their labor on the creation of the university.

Collage Images

Black-and-white photos of Black student activists at Emory University (Emory University Archives) 

Rare first edition of David Walker's 19th century anti-slavery book, "Appeal" owned and signed by W.E.B. Du Bois, acquired by Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library

Photograph of Muscogee Creek Nation leader Chitto Harjo (Chief Crazy Snake), a vocal opponent of government efforts to divide communal land into individually owned allotments (Library of Congress)

Atlanta Journal newspaper article on Kitty's Cottage in Oxford, GA, home to a woman who was enslaved by one of Emory University's trustees

15th-century AD Mississippian shell gorget (pendant), with spirals and land representation (Michael C. Carlos Museum)

Portrait of Frederick Douglass featured in an original copy of one of the abolitionist’s autobiographies, “My Bondage and My Freedom,” published in 1855 (Rose Library)

1850 edition of The Narrative of Sojourner Truth acquired by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (article on p. 31)

1925 aerial view of original buildings on Emory University's Oxford campus, which were constructed with slave labor (Emory University Archives)

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