Read it here.
Justin Taylor has summarized the 66-page report in a post at The Gospel Coalition:
The following 13 points constitute a summary of the findings in the 66-page report:
- The seminary’s founding faculty all held slaves.
- The seminary’s early faculty and trustees defended the righteousness of slaveholding.
- Upon Abraham Lincoln’s election, the seminary faculty sought to preserve slavery.
- The seminary supported the Confederacy’s cause to preserve slavery.
- After emancipation, the seminary faculty opposed racial equality.
- In the Reconstruction era, the faculty supported the restoration of white rule in the South.
- Joseph E. Brown, the seminary’s most important donor and chairman of its Board of Trustees 1880-1894, earned much of his fortune by the exploitation of mostly black convict-lease laborers.
- The seminary faculty urged just and humane treatment for blacks.
- Before the 1940s, the seminary faculty generally approved the Lost Cause mythology.
- Until the 1940s, the seminary faculty supported black education and the segregation of schools and society.
- In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the seminary faculty appealed to science to support their belief in white superiority.
- The seminary admitted blacks to its degree programs in 1940 and integrated its classrooms in 1951.
- The seminary faculty supported civil rights for blacks but had mixed appraisals of the Civil Rights Movement.
I will try to read the entire report and make some comments later. In the meantime, I think it is fair to say that this is a step in the right direction. I am glad to see evangelical institutions coming to grips with this history.
I am reminded here of the theme of our latest episode of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast (Episode 43: “Reconciling the Church and Slavery”).