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GTM119b26f02i07.pdf
In this rich letter from 1817, Fr. Francis Neale, the pastor of Holy Trinity Church at Georgetown College, writes to Fr. Joseph Marshall at St. Inigoes to inform him of the impending arrival of Ned, an elderly man who will be sent from Georgetown.The…

First Performance of the Contrabands 1861 Georgetown University Dramatic Association Archives.pdf
Playbill for a blackface minstrel show at Georgetown dated December 17, 1861. By December 1861, the word "contraband" had come to refer to enslaved people who had escaped to the Union Army. For more information on the Georgetown "Contrabands", see…

RG351-JaneSmith.pdf
On May 4, 1818 Benedict Fenwick, a former President of Georgetown University recorded in the city of Washington the manumission of an enslaved woman named Jane Smith.

The document describes Smith as "formerly of Virginia," and "between five and…

mpaaddb69srvts.pdf
This entry in the Procurator ledgers of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus indicates that the Jesuits' general fund financed the hire of "servants" for Georgetown College in 1804. The reference to "servants" most likely refers to enslaved…

MPAB59F8.pdf
This remarkable letter from 1820 narrates the case of Becca, an enslaved woman who approached Fr. John Baptist Cary at Georgetown College after fleeing from her owner, a man who is described in the letter as "very hard & has no religion at all."…

GTUACTLB1846.pdf
In 1843, Georgetown College hired Frank Butler, an enslaved man owned by Doctor N.W. Worthington. The following letter from 1846 records the treasurer's authorization to give Frank "the highest hire we give to our hired servants, of much more…

HTCMBFKTSL1803.pdf
The marriage of Ben and Nell, took place on March 13, 1803 at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Their union, officiated by Rev. Francis Neale, SJ, took place at the "request" of their owners, a Mr. Key & Thomas Sim Lee. The witnesses for this…

HCMBRMF1801.pdf
The marriage of William and Sarah, took place on September 22, 1836, at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Their union took place with permission from their owner, Mary Fenwick, a resident from Georgetown who regularly hired out slaves to the…

GUAMVGEC1792.pdf
In this account from 1792, Dr. Charles Worthington -Georgetown College's on call physician- was credited for the medical visits and treatment he gave to three enslaved persons at the College: Sukey, Byrne, and "the boy Ja's"- probably James.

GUAC281M101824.pdf
On this account record from 1824, Mrs. Margaret Fenwick was charged for 4 pairs of shoes for her slave Harriette. She was also credited for Harriette's monthly wages at the College. Georgetown hired Harriette from Mrs. Fenwick from 1824 to 1826. Upon…
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