Rice University Forms Task Force to Examine Its History Regarding Race


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Many of the nation’s leading universities including Brown, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and the College of William and Mary, have conducted wide-ranging research on their historical ties to slavery. Rice University in Houston, Texas, was founded nearly a half century after slavery was abolished, but the university is mounting an effort to examine its past history regarding African Americans. William Marsh Rice was an oil and cotton tycoon, who when he died was said to be the richest man in Texas. He left the bulk of his estate to establish the Rice Institute for Lit...