William and Mary Committee Explores College’s Racial History

The College of William and Mary has appointed professors Kimberley Phillips and Robert Vinson as co-chairs for the Lemon Project Committee, which will study the College’s race relations history.

The project, named for Lemon, a slave the College owned in the 19th century, is the result of the Board of Visitors’ 2009 resolution acknowledging that the College owned five to ten slaves before the Civil War. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the committee will be made up of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and will study the College’s connection with slavery, Jim Crow-era discrimination, and 20th century race relations.

The Lemon Project will feature a lecture series, courses, conferences, and oral history projects. For more information,Click here.


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