“Working at the Georgetown Slavery Archive has been one of the most significant things I have done at Georgetown.”
My research interests overlap with many of the archive’s goals. My dissertation examines the presence of enslaved people on campus, and I have spent the past two years working as an assistant curator for the slavery archive.
Finding the names of the many men, women and children in Georgetown’s financial records and Holy Trinity Church’s sacramental records has impacted my life as a woman and a Catholic. Seeing records of their labor, and in a few cases, their marriages, the baptism of their children, and even their deaths made me question my duty to them. I thought about how can I honor them and this history as a person who probably shared their faith and who is currently the beneficiary of a Georgetown education.
Because of this, I have focused on creating public history initiatives with the archive, such as designing posters that focus on the names of the men and women enslaved at the college, installations that memorialize the burial site of more than 60 enslaved people and organizing transcription events that allow people to be closer to this history.
Wherever life takes me after Georgetown, I will treasure all I have learned during my years working on the Georgetown Slavery Archive.