College to study history of Jesuit slavery, namesake’s role

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The president of John Carroll University says the suburban Cleveland school will study the role of its namesake in the history of Jesuit slaveholding. reports ( ) the move comes after another Jesuit school, Georgetown University, studied its own ties to slavery and announced efforts to atone for its past.

The Rev. Robert Niehoff announced Wednesday the Ohio school will create a campus working group to engage the history of Jesuit slavery and “our own Archbishop John Carroll’s role in this sin.”

A report released earlier this month by Georgetown University says Carroll took part in managing Jesuit plantations and owned at least one slave who was given his freedom in Carroll’s will.

The university was founded in 1886 as St. Ignatius College and was renamed in 1923.


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