Connecting Maryland's Past to Louisiana's Present.
The Jesuits and Slavery
The revelation of 272 slaves sold by Jesuit Priests to keep Georgetown University solvent is only part of the story of a larger narrative. The Jesuits owned 5 plantations. They were consumed with control and greed and they documented all of it.
"Georgetown’s Jesuits sold dozens of slaves in 1817, then again to Florissant, Mo., in 1835. They sent slaves to St. Louis and Kentucky in the years that followed. They manumitted slaves in southern Maryland before 1838. Slaves who were never sold lived on campus and in Maryland well after the sale.
In light of this, the 272 and Maringouin, La., where the memory project predicts as many as 600 of the 1,100 residents descend from Georgetown’s slaves, join an even larger larger mosaic; 12,000 to 15,000 becomes 20,000-plus. They are essential pieces of a vast diaspora: a centuries-long scattering of the slaves who supported Georgetown that covers the entire country."
Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves by Matthew Quallen, Hoya Historian Columnist