Making Amends for Slavery

September 3, 2016




Tracing your family back through enslavement can be very frustrating. Prior to emancipation, most enslaved people were represented by no more than a tick mark in a slave schedule, or an age/sex description on a bill of sale. Georgetown University is admitting to and coming to grips with the roll they had in slavery in the U.S. They are trying to help the descendants of the 272 enslaved people they sold to plantations in Louisiana break through their own brick walls. This looks like it could be a genealogical win.


//And one of the sort of remarkable things about the Georgetown situation is that the records that the Jesuits kept of that sale are actually really quite complete. And so, with the assistance — actually, really, in many ways, the alumni sort of pushed this conversation, members of the alumni community of Georgetown, and actually helped to both fund and encourage the process of reaching out and going out to Louisiana and helping to track the genealogies of the families who are related to those 272 slaves.//



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