Dickinson College adds new markers to highlight slavery in its past

April 9, 2021

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — There are new historical markers on the Carlisle campus of Dickinson College. “It’s called the Dickinson Slavery initiative,” says Matthew Pinsker, who runs Dickinson’s House Divided Project. “We’ve uncovered an awful lot of new material about our college’s history, and now we’ve installed wayside markers around campus and we’ve created a walking tour.” Following a brief ceremony, officials, students, and visitors stepped off on a walk into history.

“This history is so important to us, and not just the college, but in the community,” says Margee Ensign, Dickinson College President. “And we see the country, finally, all of us, facing up to our important history, and acknowledging a troubled past.” Normally the walking tour will be self-guided. (Brochures are available at the college.) Today, though, attendees were guided by students who worked on the project. Amanda Sowah was one of them; she says it involved a great deal of effort. “A lot of work,” she said. “And a lot of hours put into it to see that we got all the information right. And I’m just really glad to be a part of it, to bring them home.”

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