Tracing the 272

More than 500 descendants of the 272 men, women and children sold by the Maryland Jesuits to save Georgetown reunited over the weekend, pictured here joining in prayer. KARLA LEYJA/THE HOYA

Descendants of Georgetown Slaves Reunite

Rosedale, La. — The GU272 Descendants Association hosted a reunion Saturday to bring together about 500 of the descendants of the 272 slaves sold to Louisiana by the Maryland Society of Jesus in 1838 to save Georgetown University from bankruptcy. June marks exactly 180 years after the signing of the Articles[Read More…]

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Their Ancestors Were Sold to Save Georgetown. 180 Years Later, Descendants Expand Their Roots.

Their Ancestors Were Sold to Save Georgetown. 180 Years Later, Descendants Expand Their Roots.

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PHOTO SERIES: Portraits from Louisiana

PHOTO SERIES: Portraits from Louisiana

My Trip Back Home

My Trip Back Home

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Freedom Hall will be renamed Isaac Hawkins Hall after the first slave who was listed in a record of the sale of the 272 slaves that benefitted Georgetown.

Slave Descendants Demand More From Georgetown Restitution Efforts

A group of descendants of Isaac Hawkins, one of the 272 slaves whose sale in 1838 benefitted Georgetown University, voiced its frustration with the university’s efforts to redress the historical injustice and called on the university to provide financial restitution to descendants. Representatives of the GU272 Isaac Hawkins Legacy group,[Read More…]

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179 Years Later, Descendants of Slaves Seek Future at Georgetown

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Shepard and Elizabeth Thomas, descendants of slaves sold to benefit Georgetown, plan to attend the university in the fall.

Two Descendants of Georgetown Slaves to Attend University

Two descendants of slaves whose sale in 1838 benefited Georgetown now plan to attend the university in the fall as the first students to be enrolled under the university’s commitment to provide legacy admission status to descendants. The admission of siblings Shepard and Elizabeth Thomas, first reported by The New[Read More…]

University Looks to Address History of Slavery

On Sept. 2, University President John J. DeGioia announced a series of efforts to reconcile the benefit Georgetown received from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves. The statement marked the conclusion of a yearlong endeavor to respond to the university’s dealings in slavery and the beginning of another with hopes[Read More…]

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University President John J. DeGioia has met with a series of descendants since this summer in an effort to reconcile Georgetown’s history with slavery.

Descendants of 272 Recruit Legal Representation

The Legacy of GU 272 Alliance, a group of descendants of the 272 slaves sold to a Louisiana plantation in 1838 whose sale benefited Georgetown, has hired lawyers to facilitate talks with Georgetown as the university looks to reconcile its slaveholding past. The group, which is made up of about[Read More…]