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Ohio university to review slave-owning founder’s legacy

December 22, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati says it will create a commission to examine the legacy of its slave-owning founder who asked that the school only admit white people.

University President Neville Pinto said in a recent statement to students that the commission will “examine the life and legacy of Charles McMicken and the use of his name at the University of Cincinnati.” The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the decision follows a November vote by the student government that called for the removal of McMicken’s name from the College of Arts and Sciences.

McMicken owned enslaved people. Before his death in 1858, he created a will that set aside funds to create a university for “white boys and girls.”

UC has already removed McMicken’s name from marketing and signage.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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