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Episcopal Diocese awards scholarships to Long Island students descended from slaves

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Grace Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, part of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has awarded scholarships to eight students who are the descendants of enslaved people.

The inaugural class of eight high school students was chosen out of 161 applicants for their academic achievements and leadership traits.

The Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program for Truth Reparations was created last year to honor the Rev. Barbara C. Harris — the first African American woman to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion.

The students, who are residents of either Long Island, Brooklyn or Queens, were each awarded $10,000. The presentation was part of a Juneteenth celebration on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City.

Juneteenth gets its name from June 19 — the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Texas were informed they were free in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.