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Bowing to pressure, board in charge of Madison estate agrees to bring on descendants of slaves

After months of conflict, the foundation that runs President James Madison’s Virginia estate agreed on Monday to accept 11 people recommended by a group of descendants of enslaved people who worked there to its governing board.

In a statement on Monday, the Montpelier Foundation, which runs the 2,650-acre estate outside Orange, Va., that belonged to the nation’s fourth president, said: “This historic and unprecedented vote by the board of directors means that the foundation has achieved its long-sought goal of parity on the Board for descendants of Montpelier’s formerly enslaved population.”

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