This Day in Jewish History An Early Donation for Brown University

In 1770, Moses Lindo, a successful Jewish dye expert, donated to the new institution which had pledged access to all students, regardless of religious affiliation.

On April 17, 1770, South Carolina farmer and trader Moses Lindo wrote to the College of Rhode Island offering his financial support. The willingness of the English-born Lindo to make a donation to a school in another colony, one that he himself had not attended, was based, he said, on the college’s stated policy of admitting students without regard to their religious background.