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Georgetown Grants Preferential Admission to Descendants of Slaves

by Danielle Stefanucci



On September 1, the president of Georgetown University John J. DeGioia said that the descendants of slaves sold by the university in 1838 will receive preferential admission. The announcement came as part of a report issued by the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, which works to reveal Georgetown’s historical ties to slavery.


The group was formed in 2015 when the Georgetown sought to increase transparency about their sale of 272 men, women, and children from their homes in southern Maryland to the Deep South. The money from the sale, which would amount to $3 million today, went to save the university from financial ruin.

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