Tracing the 272 slaves sold by the Jesuit leadership of Georgetown University in 1838

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I am intrigued by a New York Times story about the mass sale in 1838 of African-American slaves who had worked on a Maryland plantation owned by the Jesuits who ran Georgetown University -- and a current effort to reconstruct their stories and find their descendants. I believe other WikiTreers will also think it's a good read.

See http://nyti.ms/265Sfur for the New York Times article. Also, the Georgetown Memory Project has a website at http://www.georgetownmemoryproject.org/

in The Tree House by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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OK were here in Maryland (Doug and Myself), no where near Georgetown, but if there something we can do to help let us know, I'm a member of the DAR and the Maryland chapter of the DAR.  We have done several projects helping to locate black ancestors, cleaning up and documenting graveyards.  So if they need help its available.

BWY Doug has a very special ability associated with graveyard cleanup, he is totally immune to poison ivy.oak and sumac.  I can't get near him afterward, but it has no effect on him.
Looks like this question has been asked several times, but without all of the conversations being connected.  You could probably start by contacting the university to ask what has been done so far for this project.

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/329660/a-story-for-descendants-of-slaves-and-slave-holders?show=399758#a399758

Best,

Shira

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Thank You Ellen. It is indeed an interesting read.
by Trudy Roach G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
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There is an on-going project at GU: http://slavery.georgetown.edu/  with the university community working together with the descendants of those sold in 1838.  Two descendants have begun studies at GU, thus far, if I recall correctly.

Shira
by ShiraDestinie Jones G2G6 Mach 2 (21.2k points)

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