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Princeton Seminary and Slavery

A Report of the Historical Audit Committee

In the spring of 2016, President Craig Barnes commissioned a committee of faculty and administrators to examine the institution’s historic connections to slavery. This committee studied everything from the demographics of the student body to activities of alumni. They examined the relationship of the Seminary’s founders to slavery, the economic base of the facilities, and the participation of faculty and board members in the American Colonization Society. The historical audit report, which is the product of more than two years of research, uncovers contradictions and complexities in the practices, attitudes, and theological convictions of the Seminary’s early faculty, students, and donors. It clearly depicts both profound moral failings and courageous acts of faithfulness to the Gospel.

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PhD Student

Isaac Kim, Class of 2015

“One of the biggest lessons I learned was how to be charitable to views other than my own. Christian charity was shown to me, not just in the readings for class, but from the professors, and the Seminary community.”