Georgetown Makes Amends for History with Slavery
Georgetown University in Washington D.C. is one of many schools established before the American Revolution that has ties to slavery. In 1838, Georgetown sold 272 slaves from plantations in Maryland to pay off the University’s debts. John DeGioia, the current Georgetown President, officially recognized the schools past on Thursday, and announced that the school will give descendants of those slaves the same consideration as Georgetown legacies during the admission process. The Georgetown Slavery Archive was created to document their history of slavery and contains extensive documents on the former slaves’ descendants. The University will also create a memorial to honor the enslaved and rename two of the buildings that were named after the Presidents who facilitated the sale in 1838.
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