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The Center for the Study of Slavery and Its Legacies is home to academic and research initiatives connected to Georgetown’s ongoing commitments in Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. The Center supports rigorous new scholarship and innovation in disseminating knowledge about the history of enslavement and its past and current legacies.

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Book Event with Rachel L. Swarns, Author of “The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church”

October 5, 2023
6:00 pm EDT
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building

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September 19, 2023 Launch Event

The Center’s launch event featured a live musical performance of “Requiem for the Enslaved,” which honors the lives of the people enslaved by the Maryland Province of Jesuits and their more than 8,000 Descendants. Composed by Grammy-nominated and Georgetown Associate Professor Carlos Simon, and featuring Hub New Music, spoken word artist Marco Pavé and trumpeter MK Zulu, the piece infuses African American spirituals into a Catholic liturgical musical form.

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