Saturday, August 3, 2019

"An elite D.C. girls’ school thought its founding nuns taught slaves to read. Instead, they sold them off for as much as they could"

It was common knowledge that the founding nuns owned slaves, but school lore has held that the sisters allowed enslaved children to attend Saturday school and defied the law by teaching them how to read. The 65-page report, which the school has made available online, details the businesslike efficiency with which the nuns sold scores of enslaved people to pay off debts and fund new buildings.


she found no evidence that the sisters at Visitation had ever held school for their slaves or taught them to read.