Harvard Law School Drops Its Shield Symbol After Months Of Protests
Student protesters demonstrated throughout the year and at one point, occupied a law school lounge and the dean's office.By Jamal Andress | March 15, 2016
Back in October, students at Harvard Law School called for the removal of its shield because it was connected with the Isaac Royall family, who owned slaves and was accused of killing them. Nearly six months later, the shield is coming down.
The school's dean said in a statement on the decision: "We cannot choose our history but we can choose that for which we stand. Above all, we rededicate ourselves to the hard work of eradicating not just symbols of injustice but injustice itself."
The Royall family played a big part in establishing the law school. It was Issac Royall Jr.'s bequest that established Harvard Law in the first place, but the Royall family acquired much of its fortune through the slave trade and with slave labor.