Tracing the 272

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Descendants Demand More Reparative Action

Following the revelation that the Society of Jesus sold 272 enslaved people in 1838 to keep Georgetown University afloat, both the student body and descendants of the GU272 made demands for reparations. So far, the university has responded by offering legacy status to descendants, but out of the thousands of[Read More…]

by September 23, 2018 2 comments Features, Tracing the 272
KAYLA LEYJA/THE HOYA Lauren Crump, a descendant of the 272 slaves sold in 1838 to support the university financially, calls for a sustainable solution over a monetary payment for reperarations.

Descendant of GU272 Seeks to Create New Legacy

When Lauren Crump received the call informing her she was a descendant of one of the 272 slaves sold in 1838 to financially sustain Georgetown University, she was floored. This revelation presented Crump with the opportunity to play a role in deciding how a historic institution addressed its past with[Read More…]

by August 31, 2018 0 comments Features, Tracing the 272
Human Remains Found During Construction of Arrupe Hall

Human Remains Found During Construction of Arrupe Hall

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Maringouin Residents, Georgetown Slave Descendants Grapple With Education Gap Fueled by Racial Disparities

Maringouin Residents, Georgetown Slave Descendants Grapple With Education Gap Fueled by Racial Disparities

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by July 17, 2018 0 comments Features, News, Tracing the 272
THOMAS: Legacy is Everything, But Legacy Status is Not Enough

THOMAS: Legacy is Everything, But Legacy Status is Not Enough

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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…]

by June 13, 2018 2 comments Features, News, Tracing the 272
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…]