Georgetown has awarded $200,000 to inaugural recipients of the Reconciliation Fund, which provides grants to projects that benefit communities of Descendants whose ancestors were enslaved on Jesuit plantations.
The Reconciliation Fund, inspired by a student referendum, is accepting applications for projects that aim to benefit Descendants of men, women and children enslaved on Jesuit plantations in the 1800s.
Georgetown will commemorate Emancipation Day with a special exhibit, digitization efforts and other events to remember the injustices of enslavement and Georgetown’s own connection to the institution of slavery.
Students in the Black Georgetown Rediscovered course toured the Mount Zion - Female Union Band Society cemeteries and helped document the estimated 9,000 Black residents of Georgetown buried at the site.
The Jesuits and Descendants of the 272 enslaved individuals sold in 1838 by the Maryland Province of Jesuits establish a new charitable foundation focused on racial healing and educational advancement…