Historical Figures

Find information about key individuals interwoven in Columbia's relationship with slavery using the links below:

Slavery was a central feature of the college from its founding. This section highlights historical figures from the early presidents, to merchant families that played central roles in the development of the University, to abolitionists and supporters of the Union, to Joe, a slave owned by George Washington's stepson John Parke Custis, who resided at King's College prior to the Revolution.