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Cambridge University ‘Benefited Directly’ From Slavery, Study Finds

A significant part of the university’s funding derived from the exploitation of enslaved people, the three-year study found.

Cambridge University.

Cambridge University.

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Cambridge University benefited directly from enslavement and the slave trade, a three-year enquiry has found.

While Cambridge has often celebrated its well-known abolitionists, like Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce, a new report shows that the institution benefitted substantially from the slave trade over many years, with a significant part of the university’s funding derived from the exploitation of enslaved people.