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New Jersey Elementary School Pulls 5th-Grade Slave Poster Project Amid Controversy

Posters for slave auctions created by fifth graders have been removed from the wall of a New Jersey elementary school hallway after some parents questioned the assignment. 

The South Orange School District is planning a community meeting to discuss whether the assignment is appropriate for fifth graders. 

Superintendent John Ramos said in a note to parents that the project at South Mountain Elementary School is part of a larger Colonial America unit that's been used for 10 years, according to 

Ramos says that some parents have supported the project because they see it as an "important opportunity to examine this shameful and too-often ignored chapter of American history." 

One poster listed the names of available slaves, who included 12-year-old Anne, "a fine housegirl." Another poster said, "All slaves raised on the plantation of John Carter," and specified that only cash was accepted.

Ramos says that the projects should have been accompanied by an explanation.

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