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Georgetown Renames Buildings in Honor of Enslaved People



    Georgetown Buildings Renamed

    Georgetown University held a ceremony to apologize for selling slaves to pay off a debt in 1838. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

    (Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017)

    Georgetown University renamed two buildings on campus in honor of people who were sold as slaves in Maryland in 1838. 

    The renaming of the buildings is part of the university's effort to atone for profiting from the slave sale, which was orchestrated by two Jesuit priests to pay off debts at the school.

    Georgetown is also giving preference in admissions to descendants of the 272 people who were sold. 

    One building was renamed Isaac Hawkins Hall in honor of the first person listed in documents related to the sale. Another bears the name of Anne Marie Becraft, a free woman of color who taught Catholic black girls in what was then the town of Georgetown. 

    The buildings were dedicated on Tuesday.