Georgetown to Rename Building for Isaac Hawkins, One of 272 Enslaved in 1838 Sale

Georgetown University announced the renaming of a building, which comes with input from the descendant community and at the recommendation of Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation to honor the lives of the 272 enslaved women, children and men sold to Louisiana plantation owners Jesse Batey and Henry Johnson.

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One Comment on “Georgetown to Rename Building for Isaac Hawkins, One of 272 Enslaved in 1838 Sale

  1. I find it interesting to read about social changes that acknowledge the brutality of slavery. Reconciliation is a far stretch when inhuman treatment can never be the bridge to mending fences. It is dishonoring to use any language that alludes the idea of bringing together. Instead, acknowledging actual harm is to address the crime, so that future generations can heal from being denied, shamed, guilted, and blamed for the harsh treatment imposed and in this case sold as property to gain ownership of buildings and land. Prosperity earned on the backs of Black women, men, and children the truth about the American Dream for some and a nightmare for generations of African Americans.

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