The student researchers of the Penn & Slavery Project work tirelessly to find information about the connections between both institutions. The archives where they conduct their research provide ample information about powerful white men who helped create the university. But the archival records of enslaved people, the enslaved people who performed labor for the founders, and financially benefitted early trustees are fragmentary and leave many questions unanswered.
This project began by using tax records and wills to uncover the number of people enslaved by 18th Century Trustees and Faculty. But the overall goal of the project is to piece together the archival fragments and collect information that can tell us who was enslaved.
Listed here is the information we have uncovered about the enslaved people with direct connections to the University of Pennsylvania.