Slavery at Georgetown College

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Slavery at Georgetown College

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The marriage of David and Phillis at Georgetown, 1795
This 1795 entry records the marriage of an enslaved woman named Phillis to a man named David Thomas in the Georgetown College chapel.

This was the first marriage celebrated in Holy Trinity Church.

Cassimir, 1813
Rev. Fenwick leaves an enslaved man named Cassimir at Georgetown

The number of our family, 1813
Rev. McElroy's count of "the number of our family" includes "13 Colored Persons."

Feast of St. Xavier, 1813
Rev. John McElroy notes in his journal that everyone in the College is celebrating the Feast of St. Xavier "except the Servants."

Total Number of Persons, 1814
Rev. John McElroy takes a census of Georgetown College, including "12 Servants" out of 102 people in all.

Isaac runs away, 1814
Rev. John McElroy records in his journal on Jan. 29, 1814, that Isaac ran away from the College. The entry for the following day, Jan. 30, notes that Isaac was captured and put in jail in Baltimore. Rev. Neale, who was in Baltimore, then sold Isaac…

A Negro woman the property of Fr. Miguel, 1814
Fr. Miguel leaves an unnamed "Negro Woman" at the College in July 1814.

The Number of Persons, Dec. 31, 1814
Rev. John McElroy, S.J. records the total number of people at Georgetown at the end of 1814, including "servants."

Death of Billy the Blacksmith
Rev. John McElroy records the death of "Billy the Blacksmith" and his interment in the graveyard at Georgetown.

Mass at Trinity Church
Rev. John McElroy, S.J. observes mass at Trinity Church with an interracial congregation
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