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Descendant of Enslaved Attends Georgetown University

Mélisande Short-Colomb, whose ancestors were among the 272 slaves Georgetown priests had sold in 1838 to help pay off the university’s debts, is now enrolled as a student at the university.  Read the full article by clicking here.

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Georgetown University, Jesuits formally apologize for role in slavery

In a special ceremony Tuesday morning, the Jesuit order that founded Georgetown University formally apologized to the descendants of 272 slaves sold in 1838 to pay off the university’s debts.

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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…

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Georgetown to Offer Edge in Admissions to Slave Descendants

According to the New York Times article, “The university’s president, John J. DeGioia, who will discuss steps to atone for its past in a speech on Thursday afternoon, also plans to offer a formal apology, create an institute for the…

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History: Georgetown University’s Sale of Enslaved Africans, 1838

In the New York Times (April 16, 2016), Rachel L. Swarns reported the work at Georgetown University to identify the descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans who were sold to pay off the institutions debts.  In a follow-up article, she…

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