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These acts are part of a larger practice of colonization that has silenced the violent legacies of its origins. The institutional silence around these legacies continues today. Brown’s 250th Anniversary website invites readers “to pause…to reflect, to honor our founders, to recognize the women and men who shaped the Brown of today…”[1] yet it says nothing about who came before Brown’s founders or the original inhabitants of the land Brown stands on today.

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[1] “About Brown’s 250th,” Imagine Brown 250+,, (November 2, 2014)