For Georgetown, Jesuits and Slavery Descendants, Bid for Racial Healing Sours Over Reparations

In April of 2017, the US leader of the Society of Jesus stood before cameras at Georgetown University and apologized for the Jesuits’ sale of 272 slaves to three Louisiana plantations in 1838. “We have greatly sinned,” said the Rev. Timothy Kesicki.

Georgetown rechristened a campus dormitory once named for the long-ago school president who had helped arrange the sale. The former Mulledy Hall was now to be called Isaac Hawkins Hall, after the enslaved patriarch of the 272.

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