ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An Episcopal seminary in northern Virginia is starting a $1.7 million reparations fund to make up for its reliance on slave labor in in the 19th century.
The Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria announced the fund's creation last week. The endowment will be used for a variety of purposes, including assistance to any descendants of slaves who worked there.
The seminary was founded in 1823 by a group that included "Star-Spangled Banner" author Francis Scott Key. Enslaved workers helped build the campus and worked there after its creation.