Georgetown Making Amends For Past Involvement With Slavery

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Just west of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the small town of Maringouin. This town has a population of less than 2,000 but it’s history is connected directly to Washington D.C. Located in the town is a cemetery where 272 of the slaves that were sold by priests at Georgetown University. Descendants of those slaves own dozens of acres of land in town — mostly sugarcane fields. 

Today, Georgetown University is acknowledging this past transgression and has vowed to repay the debt owed to those sold into slavery. As reparation, Georgetown is offering priority admission to descendants of the slaves sold by the university.

John Degioia on behalf of Georgetown University states, “To be able to walk this ground, which was once walked by some of the 272 that were sold in 1838 and to be able to experience this place is part of me trying to understand how best to bring immediacy of all of this into our current reality.”

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