Two people are looking at a computer screen with an image of a historical document

The Georgetown Slavery Archive is a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown and slavery. This project was initiated in February 2016 by the Archives Subgroup of the Georgetown Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation and is part of the university’s Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiative.

Graduate students are on the cutting edge of original research into the history of slavery and its legacies. The GCSSL Graduate Research Workshop features work-in-progress by Georgetown doctoral candidates investigating these issues. Email to receive announcements, pre-circulated papers, and Zoom links for the discussions hosted by the Workshop.

Here I Am weaves narrative, music, and imagery, inviting the audience on an experiential journey exploring a complicated history and relationship with the religious institution that enslaved writer Mélisande Short-Colomb’s ancestors.

Lauinger Library is participating in a collaborative digital project “On These Grounds” to develop a method of describing its archival records that places the lives of the enslaved at the center. Instead of describing the records of enslavement from the perspective of the Jesuits who created them, “On These Grounds” describes the events of the lives of the enslaved people. This project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The core institutional partners for this project are Georgetown, the University of Virginia and Michigan State University. Other partners include Hampden-Sydney College, Washington & Lee College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, and Rutgers University.

Carlos Simon, Grammy-nominated assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts, composed “Requiem for the Enslaved” to honor the lives of those who were enslaved by the Maryland Province of Jesuits and their more than 8,000 Descendants.

Since Last We Met is a multi-year, multi-film documentary project developed by Bernie Cook in collaboration with members of the GU272+ community, the living descendants whose ancestors were owned and sold by the Jesuits of Maryland. The premise of this project is that the living descendants provide the closest connection to the ancestors and their lives under Slavery and after Emancipation. Films in the project include I Am The Bridge (2023), This Will Not Stop Here (2023), and IAM4REAL (2018).

A blue way finding sign for Isaac Hawkins Hall in front of the building

As part of Georgetown University’s Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiative, students in Professor Adam Rothman’s fall 2019 UNXD 272 class researched buildings and sites on Georgetown’s campus to provide historical context for understanding their significance. This Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Walking Tour, developed by the Georgetown University Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections in summer 2020, allows anyone to tour these historic sites, either on campus or virtually.