The Washington Post reports:
Georgetown University will rename two buildings named for school
presidents who organized the sale of Jesuit-owned slaves to help pay off
campus debt in the 1830s, the university’s president announced.
Mulledy Hall, a new student dormitory named for the president who
authorized the sale of about 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation owner
in 1838, will be called Freedom Hall until a permanent name is chosen.
McSherry Hall, which houses a meditation center and was named for
another university president who served as an adviser on the slave sale,
will be called Remembrance Hall until it is renamed.
In a letter e-mailed to the Georgetown community Saturday evening,
President John J. DeGioia said he was changing the names based on a
recommendation he received Friday from his Working Group on Slavery,
Memory and Reconciliation. DeGioia appointed the panel of 16
administrators, faculty and students in September to examine
slavery-related sites on campus.
“As a university,” DeGioia wrote, “we are a place where conversations
are convened and dialogue is encouraged, even on topics that may be
I had no idea. Turns out the place was called St. Thomas Manor which sounds like an amzing place to visit.
During the years of slavery and after the American Civil War,
when most southern governments classified people as only black or white
in a binary system related to the racial caste of slavery, St. Ignatius
was among the Catholic parishes that continued to record their Native
congregational members as Indian, regardless of whether they were of mixed race. In colonial
and United States records, by contrast, the tribal identities of some
Native Americans were lost when they were classified by outsiders as free people of color,
"colored," or "white," regardless of how they identified ethnically.
Research in Catholic records has helped some tribes document their
continuous cultural history and identification as Native American, and
to gain state and federal recognition as tribes since the late 20th