Georgtown University, 272 Slaves Local Connection

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In 1838, to avoid bankruptcy, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves owned by the Maryland Jesuits to sugarcane plantations in Louisiana.  Until recently, it was believed that they had all fallen to fever in the Louisiana swamps, but in reality many survived.  

The Georgetown Memory Project was founded last year and has made it their goal to research the 272 slaves sold in 1838, and identify their descendants.  Many of them still reside in Louisiana, including  our own Michelle Harrington, and her sister, Maxine Crump.

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