Cash paid "2 Negroes for Working at Observatory," 1844

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Title

Cash paid "2 Negroes for Working at Observatory," 1844

Subject

Labor, Georgetown College, Jesuits-History, Jesuits-History-19th century, Observatory

Description

Recorded in the May 1844 expense account for the college is a payment made for $8.00 to two "Negroes for working at observatory." The payment, made on May 4, does not clarify work done, the gender, or status of the African Americans-- if they were free or enslaved, whether they were hired, or from whom.

The building of Georgetown's observatory started in 1843, under the auspices of James Ryder, SJ, President of the College and a prominent defender of slavery. 

Creator

Georgetown University Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

May 4, 1844

Contributor

Julia Bernier, Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Georgetown University Library

Relation

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Financial Records

Identifier

GSA218

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

                                    May 1844

               _________  Expense   Account  __________

1844

 

      1  Cash Pd: Post office Bill for April                               31 72

      “     “   ‘ Pd: P. Maguire wages in full + discharged        6 50

      “     “    ‘Pd: Mrs  Kellenfruger ___ alms                            1 00

      “     “    ‘Pd: Hack hire- F Fenwick                                 2 00

     “      “    ‘Pd: Thos Bojur Market Bill for April                  82 16

     “      “    ‘Pd: F Ryder Exp: To + from Balt                         10 00

     3      “    ‘Pd: Br Marshall for Bindery                                3  00

     “      “    ‘Pd: Students per F Mulledy                                9  28

     “      “    ‘Pd: James Conway on acct of Stone Wall       50  00

     4     “     ‘Pd: 2 Negroes for working at observatory      8  00

Original Format

Expense account

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Citation

Georgetown University Archives, “Cash paid "2 Negroes for Working at Observatory," 1844,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed September 24, 2018, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/237.

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