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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 1 comment Features, News, Tracing the 272
PHOTO SERIES: Portraits from Louisiana

PHOTO SERIES: Portraits from Louisiana

KAPASI: Struggling with San Jacinto

KAPASI: Struggling with San Jacinto

A 567-foot-tall obelisk stands 20 minutes outside Houston. The structure commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto, which won Texas’ independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836. Retreating Texan forces, led by General Samuel Houston, surprised General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s larger Mexican force near the San Jacinto River. The[Read More…]

by April 24, 2018 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Closer Look at ‘Black Panther’

This letter to the editor discusses the movie “Black Panther” in depth. Spoilers may be revealed. Malcolm X argued that “education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today.” We believe that the future, one of unity and power for[Read More…]

by March 10, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

LARIA & LUX: Fulfill Direct Reparations Request

Georgetown University should offer direct reparations to descendants of the 272 slaves sold in 1838 to validate the demands of African-American individuals affected by Georgetown’s legacy as a slave-holding institution. Offering reparations to the descendants could be done in conjunction with a long-lasting foundation, directly guided by the descendants and[Read More…]

by February 9, 2018 2 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

EDITORIAL: Form Descendant-Led Foundation

Georgetown University would have folded if not for the sale of 272 slaves in 1838. Today, the university must take extraordinary steps to grapple with its past. The university was kept financially afloat by the 1838 sale of 272 slaves by Jesuits associated with the Maryland Province. In recent years,[Read More…]

by February 9, 2018 0 comments Editorial
DILLON: Musings on Reconciliation

DILLON: Musings on Reconciliation

Rereading the news headline, “Georgetown Apologizes, Renames Halls After Slaves,” I must admit that my brain felt bruised with numb surprise. The story that followed those six words shredded my view of the university with which I have had an active relationship for nearly five decades and effectively deconstructed my[Read More…]

by January 24, 2018 2 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
BOSCO: For Hoyas, the Value of Humility

BOSCO: For Hoyas, the Value of Humility

These are tough times. Still, over the course of my first year serving in the Office of Mission and Ministry, I have been struck by how important Georgetown University can be during this period of political strife in our country. As Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the last living[Read More…]

by November 30, 2017 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
OSIBAJO & BAH: Toward Authentic Reparations

OSIBAJO & BAH: Toward Authentic Reparations

In the last several months, Georgetown has created a new chapter of its history. It is one that will acknowledge the university’s history of slavery and the descendants of the slaves who were sold by the school. As admirable as this new campaign is, it is not without flaws. Over[Read More…]

by April 21, 2017 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

VIEWPOINT: Celebrating Anne Marie Becraft

Today, Georgetown dedicated Anne Marie Becraft Hall in recognition of a trailblazing free black woman who devoted her life to the education of African-Americans during the 19th century. The building was originally named McSherry Hall after former Georgetown President Fr. William McSherry, S.J., who helped organize the sale of 272[Read More…]

by April 18, 2017 2 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top