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About Us ImageThe Georgetown Slavery Archive is a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University, and slavery.

It includes archival material on the 1838 sale of slaves by Rev. Thomas Mulledy, S.J., who was the President of Georgetown at the time; slavery and slave life on the plantations of the Maryland Jesuitsslavery and Georgetown University; and the fate of the people who were sold to Louisiana, and the descendants of people owned and sold by the Jesuits of the Maryland Province.

The Georgetown Slavery Archive is a work in progress. We will update this website as we gather and process material. We are working to create special section of this website devoted to the family histories of descendants. We encourage descendants to get in touch with us to share their knowledge so that we can help tell these stories.

Click here for an inventory of all the items in this digital archive.

The items in this digital archive collected from the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library, are published here with the permission of the Maryland Province Jesuits. 

This project was initiated by the Archives Subgroup of the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. The members of the Archives Subgroup included Professor Adam Rothman, Professor Marcia Chatelain, and Matthew Quallen (SFS '16).

For more information, contact Professor Adam Rothman at ar44 [@] georgetown.edu.

Staff (Academic year 2017-2018)

Dr. Adam Rothman, Curator

Elsa Barraza Mendoza, Assistant Curator

Dr. Julia Bernier, Georgetown Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Slavery

Dr. Herbert Brewer, Georgetown Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Slavery

Ashleigh Corwin, Georgetown Slavery Archive Fellow, Georgetown History Department

Sabrina Ma, Georgetown Slavery Archive Digital Fellow

Contributors: Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. David Collins SJ, Matthew Quallen, Emily Bierman, Tom Foley, Claire Healy, Catherine Kelly, Aidan Kenney, Benjamin Lillian, Sylvia Mullins, Ndeye Ndiaye, Jordan Smith, Molly Thacker, Cory Young  

Many thanks to President John J. DeGioia, the Office of the President, the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, the Jesuit Plantation Project, the National Archives at Fort Worth, the Georgetown Memory Project, Patricia Bayonne-Johnson, Louis Diggs, John LaRue, Yong Lee, Sharon Leon, Melanie Ricketts, and Will Thomas.