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New museum to preserve Delaware Underground Railroad history

Aug. 14, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

CAMDEN, Del. (AP) — An idea that started more than a decade ago to help preserve centuries of Kent County history is a million steps closer to reality in Camden. The county has received a $500,000 federal grant for a proposed museum at the historic farmhouse at Brecknock Park –...

Charleston puts up plaque where slaves were beaten, punished

Jul. 30, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Until recently, the story of the Charleston Work House received little recognition in the city’s collective memory. That changed a little when Mayor John Tecklenburg unveiled a plaque detailing its past. “I don’t know of a more horrific...

California court OKs death penalty in '80s sex slave murders

Jul. 28, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and death penalty for one of two men implicated in at least 11 notorious horrific torture-slayings in the mid-1980s in which the duo kept their victims hidden in a secret bunker in the Northern California...

Church apologies: Top leaders say sorry for historical sins

Jul. 24, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

When Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous groups on Canadian soil this week, he will make another effort toward healing harms inflicted at church-run residential schools — and add to the Catholic Church’s growing ledger of atonement for past transgressions. Like the papacy, top...

Hannah-Jones: Settlement to support Black faculty, students

Jul. 19, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A settlement between journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill linked to her tenure dispute in 2021 contains concessions designed to help faculty and students of color, according to her post on Twitter on Tuesday. ...

Mo Farah's story draws horror, understanding in Somalia

Jul. 16, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Many Somalis are reacting with horror — and a sense of understanding — at British runner Mo Farah's tale of being trafficked to Britain as a child and forced to look after other children. Olympic champion Farah was born in present-day Somaliland, a...

UNC-Chapel Hill settles with Hannah-Jones in tenure flap

Jul. 15, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The flagship school of North Carolina's university system announced Friday that it has reached a settlement with the journalist who ultimately shunned the school in an extended dispute over tenure and joined a historically Black university. David Boliek,...

Advocates: Farah's story can help other trafficking victims

Jul. 13, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Until this week, Mo Farah was a four-time Olympic champion winding down his hugely successful career as a long-distance runner. Now he's an icon for another reason: He is the most prominent person to come forward as a victim of people trafficking. Farah’s decision...

UK Olympic great Mo Farah says he was trafficked as a child

Jul. 12, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Olympic great Mo Farah -- the winner of four gold medals and one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved athletes -- has been carrying a secret burden all these years: He was illegally brought to the U.K. as a youth and forced to care for other children before he escaped a life of...

Clotilda descendants mark anniversary of last slave ship

Jul. 10, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Descendants of the last African people abducted into slavery and brought to America's shores gathered over the weekend on the banks of an Alabama river to pay tribute to their ancestors. The descendants of the 110 people aboard the Clotilda, the last known...