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

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"as bad as a Priest's Slave": Letter from Fr. Beschter, March 27, 1829


Fr. J.W. Beschter summarizes the state of the College and farms, and complains about the immorality of the "depraved" enslaved people owned by the…

"most baneful to religion": Abp. Eccleston to Fr. Roothaan, June 27, 1839


In a letter to the Father General, Eccleston pleads for Mulledy to remain in the Society. He argues that the shock of his dismissal would create a…

Sale of enslaved people owned by the Healy family, January 3, 1854

Georgia Telegraph 1854-0-103 Fifty Negroes For Sale - ad detail.pdf

Advertisement in the Georgia Telegraph, January 3, 1854, for the sale of enslaved people who were part of the estate of Michael Healy, the father of…

Video: Facing Georgetown's History

In this short documentary film, students in Professor Adam Rothman's AMST 272 Facing Georgetown's History and Professor Bernie Cook's FMST 399 Social…

"After the sale of the slaves...." Fr. Vespre to Fr. Roothaan, July 5 and July 13, 1840


In a letter to the Father General, Vespre explains the rental and management of the former plantation lands. He suggests ways for streamlining their…