Report: Georgetown president to visit Louisiana, hear views of descendents of slaves school sold in 1838 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Juan Barrazca trims between the markers in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church cemetery in Maringouin. Some Maringouin African-American members of the church are possibly descendants of the slave sale by Georgetown University in 1838.

Georgetown University plans a wide-ranging effort to make amends for the school’s 1838 sale of 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation, President John J. DeGioia told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Part of that effort is a trip to Louisiana next week to hear the views of descendants of the slaves, who were sold to help the school pay off debts.

“This is an important moment in the life of our university,” DeGioia told The Washington Post. “I don’t think putting a plaque on the wall is going to be an answer.”

Georgetown alumnus Richard Cellini, who founded a nonprofit called the Georgetown Memory Project

dedicated to finding the descendants of the slaves, has identified a number of Louisiana families that can trace their ancestry back to that group of forced migrants to the state.

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