University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

W&M's Lemon Project is a great start, but how to finish?

Over the past two decades, a number of schools – including Harvard, Brown, Emory, and the University of North Carolina – have begun investigations into their own histories with slavery. These have often yielded troubling, though unsurprising, revelations, usually exposing how universities not only profited from slave labor, but heavily relied on slaves to stay functional.

Some schools disseminate their findings in the form of a report, and leave it at that. Others establish temporary institutions within the university, allocating resources for specific projects in order to produce a multifaceted, comprehensive analysis of their involvement with slavery. These...