poster featuring front of Royal Slave Quarters in Medford MA

On November 8th, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, along with the History Department, the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, the Tufts Archival Research Center and the Office of the Provost hosted a symposium at Tufts Dental School in Boston, to introduce the Slavery, Colonialism and Their Legacies at Tufts (SCL) Project.  Provost Bernard Arulanandam opened the event and introduced the team who are examining the history of Tufts' ties to slavery, and the legacies of slavery at Tufts and beyond. The SCL team is also exploring the histories of black and native peoples in Boston. 

The event was attended by groups ranging from undergraduate students to professors from various disciplines, including speakers from the archives, Tufts Medical School, the History Department and more. The event was held in the Rachel's auditorium at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. 

The SCL project is providing systematic, sustained support for interdisciplinary scholarship and public programming focused on Tufts’ historical ties to the African American and Afro-Native communities of West Medford and Somerville; American empire and colonial dispossession; anti-slavery, Universalism, and social movements; and the long presence of African descended and indigenous people and communities on Tufts’ campus. 

Future events will be planned for the spring to share more fundings from this group. For more information and updates about this project, visit the new SCL website: