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University Apologizes for Sale of 272

University Apologizes for Sale of 272

April 21, 2017 at 12:24 am 2 comments

  In one of the most active attempts by a U.S. university to address a tie to slavery, Georgetown community members convened with descendants of the 272 slaves sold in 1838 to formally apologize for the university’s role in slavery. University officials formally apologized to the descendants in the “LiturgyRead More

EDITORIAL: Inclusion of Descendants Integral to Reconciliation

April 4, 2017 at 5:30 am 0 comments

In the words of the report commissioned last summer by Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, “Ultimately, reconciliation requires relationship.” Since Georgetown publicly acknowledged its profit from an 1838 sale of 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation, the university has promised to engage the descendants of the slavesRead More

EDITORIAL: Reconcile Through Restoration

February 28, 2017 at 4:00 am 0 comments

Since the reopening of then-Mulledy Hall in 2015 called into question a past steeped with the horrors of the slave trade, Georgetown has struggled to reconcile its Jesuit values with the sale of 272 enslaved men, women and children to a plantation in Louisiana in 1838. The legacy of theRead More

Students Aim to Restore Tombstones of 272 Slaves

February 24, 2017 at 12:10 am 0 comments

Students have launched the Tombstone Restoration Initiative to raise $1,200 in the next two months to restore the identifiable tombstones of members of the 272 slaves whom Georgetown sold in 1838. Ayodele Aruleba (COL ’17) and Milan Chang (COL ’17) launched the project in conjunction with the Georgetown Memory Project,Read More

Panelists Advocate for Continued Discussion on 272

Panelists Advocate for Continued Discussion on 272

October 14, 2016 at 12:08 am 1 comment

Georgetown must continue to focus attention on its history with slavery as it begins to reconcile with its past, according to a panel discussion on Georgetown’s slaveholding past in Lohrfink Auditorium on Wednesday. John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, emphasized how Georgetown’sRead More