Who Yale Honors
John Davenport founded New Haven in 1638. Though he died before Yale was founded, his dream for New Haven had included the hope that it might someday include a college for educating ministers.
Davenport's will includes in its inventory of his property: "One servant boy, £10" (3). He was not alone as a slave-owning minister:
many facets of colonial New England, from the household to the field,
from the legal system to religious education. Many were the slaves working
in colonial houses as domestic servants, cooking, raising colonists'
children, raising livestock, sowing and harvesting. Although large cotton
slave plantations would not dominate the South until Eli Whitney (Yale
1792) invented the cotton gin at the turn of the century, the institution
of slavery permeated New England as well as the South during colonial
Numbers in parentheses refer to notes. See the notes page.