University of Cincinnati to Decide What to Do About Its Slave-Owning Founder


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Recently, the student government at the University of Cincinnati asked the board of trustees to remove the name of Charles McMicken from the university’s college of arts and sciences. This spring the university will decide if it should continue to honor McMicken, a former slave-owner and founder of the university. When McMicken died in 1858, he left money and property to the city of Cincinnati “to found an institution where White boys and girls might be taught.” He also left provisions to free his slaves and send them to a parcel of land in Liberia. It is thought that McMicke...