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Harvard Law Might Nix Slavery-Linked Seal

A Harvard Law School committee has recommended that the school ditch its slavery-linked seal. The special panel was formed as a response to outcry from students who discovered the symbol’s reference to the seal of the Isaac Royall family, which owned and abused slaves. The committee unanimously voted to recommend its removal and wrote a report to the Harvard Corporation, arguing, “if the Law School is to have an official symbol, it must more closely represent the values of the Law School, which the current shield does not.” The Corporation will ultimately decide whether to abandon it.