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A Christian seminary in Virginia has announced it is setting aside $1.7 million in an endowment fund to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves who were forced to work on its campus decades ago.

Virginia Theological Seminary said that the fund is an effort to “repair the material consequences of our sin in the past.” The school, which was founded in 1823, benefited from the work of enslaved African Americans on its Alexandria campus. At least one of its buildings, Aspinwall Hall, was built by slaves. The school continued to discriminate against Black Americans even after slavery was abolished ― refusing to admit Black students until the 1950s.