NJ School Assigns 5th Graders To Make "Slave Auction" Posters

A New Jersey school is apologizing now after they assigned a class of fifth graders learning about Colonial America to make "slave auction" posters as an assignment.


The posters have been taken down from walls at South Mountain Elementary School and the assignment will be rethought next year, the superintendent said.

Some parents had complained about the auction posters, which contained such wording as "Men: aged from 20-26, strong" and "Anne, aged 12 years, a fine house girl."

Students also had created wanted posters, apparently for for runaway slaves, that depicted black men and women with dollar rewards attached.

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