Welcome to the Restitution Study Group (RSG) website. We are a not-for-profit institute based in the New York City-metropolitan area.  Founded by Deadria Farmer-Paellmann in 2000, we examine and execute innovative approaches to healing the injuries of exploited and oppressed people. The RSG partners with community advocates to bring about positive change through: litigation, legislation, genealogy and DNA research, and direct action.

One of our primary efforts has been to secure reparations and restitution from corporations complicit in the antebellum enslavement of Africans. Our goal is to create a Community Trust Fund managed by Black business and community leaders to invest in efforts to repair the economic, educational, and health disparities from which descendants of enslaved Africans suffer.



Sign the Petition to co-own the billion dollar ancient Benin bronze treasures enslaved Africans financed with their lives: chng.it/NpngnYG6wr


September 15, 2022

Descendants of enslaved Africans filed claims for co-ownership of the Benin bronzes – 10,000 ancient sculptures their enslaved ancestors financed with their lives. This is the heart wrenching story of African slave traders from the Kingdom of Benin and their sacrifice of humans.