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The date was May 30, 1627. A group led by Jesuit Father Peter Claver hurried toward the most recent slave ship that had arrived in Columbia, South America, from Africa. As the slaves disembarked, the priest and his helpers sought out the sick, who had been placed on a pile of tile and bricks—“their couch, a very uncomfortable one … especially because they were naked, without any clothing to protect them,” he wrote in a letter the next day.
 

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