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 for the New York Times article. Also, the Georgetown Memory Project has a website at

in The Tree House by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m 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.



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There is an on-going project at GU:  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.

by ShiraDestinie Jones G2G6 Mach 2 (27.4k points)
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Thank You Ellen. It is indeed an interesting read.
by Anonymous Roach G2G6 Pilot (201k points)
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Still a work in progress, but I created a profile for Charlotte Taylor Raiborn or Rayborn based on research that suggests a DNA match between Charlotte Taylor and Charlotte, wife of Creer Raiborn or Rayborn.

I found this family while searching for a connection to Willie Brown of the Oakland Raiders.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (338k points)

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