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Johns Hopkins enslaved people. Or did he? Some scholars question the university’s recent claims.

In a paper that has sparked considerable debate, several researchers argue that there isn't enough evidence to conclude that Johns Hopkins enslaved people. And some scholars counter that the most important questions about race and the university's past don't center on one man.
  • Jun 5, 2021

Washington and Lee University to keep its name, despite calls to drop reference to Confederate leader

The school’s name, and its many historical connections to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, have become increasingly divisive over the years.
  • Jun 4, 2021
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District Heights man arrested in fatal stabbing

Police charged a man in connection with a fatal stabbing last week in Landover.
  • May 31, 2021
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Fort Washington man charged in fatal shooting

Police believe the shooting may have been accidental.
  • May 31, 2021

Pressure builds on UNC board to grant tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones

An outcry erupted last week after news emerged that the Pulitzer Prize winner had not been awarded tenure as she prepares to join the journalism faculty at Chapel Hill.
  • May 26, 2021

After a 54-year gap year, a college student, now grandmother, finally finishes

Elsie Woodward started her college degree in Miami in 1963. Decades later, she has earned a degree from William & Mary.
  • May 21, 2021

For some students in need, campus is a safe — but lonely — place to live during the pandemic

Even on campuses where most classes are virtual this fall, a few students live in dorms because they don't have another place to go.
  • Dec 29, 2020

How one very old Census record spurred a reckoning at Johns Hopkins University

When researchers found an 1850 document that listed four men enslaved by the university's founder, an effort was launched that changed his legacy.
  • Dec 25, 2020

For college freshmen, pandemic results in a first-year experience unlike any other

Many students wonder about the value of a year turned upside down by the pandemic.
  • Dec 17, 2020

Descendants of enslaved Blacks explore Virginia history

At James Monroe's Highland, the estate now owned by the College of William & Mary, descendants of people the former president enslaved help shape the way the past is understood.
  • Dec 13, 2020