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US Georgetown University renames buildings for enslaved people

16:31  19 april  2017
16:31  19 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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The school has renamed two buildings in honor of two of the 272 people sold. Their descendants gathered on the Georgetown campus for a One building is named Isaac Hawkins Hall in honor of the first person listed in documents related to the sale. Another bears the name of Anne Marie Becraft

The university permanently named a building Isaac Hawkins Hall – formerly known as Mulledy Hall and renamed as Freedom Hall in 2015 – in a “The actions of Georgetown students have placed all of us on a journey together toward honoring our enslaved ancestors by working toward healing and

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, students walk past a Jesuit statue in front of Freedom Hall, center, formerly named Mulledy Hall, on the Georgetown University campus, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Washington. Freedom Hall was renamed Isaac Hawkins Hall on April 18, 2017, in honor of the first person listed in documents related to an 1838 sale of slaves in order to pay off the school's debts. The school and the group of Catholic priests that founded it apologized for the sale. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, students walk past a Jesuit statue in front of Freedom Hall, center, formerly named Mulledy Hall, on the Georgetown University campus, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Washington. Freedom Hall was renamed Isaac Hawkins Hall on April 18, 2017, in honor of the first person listed in documents related to an 1838 sale of slaves in order to pay off the school's debts. The school and the group of Catholic priests that founded it apologized for the sale. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University and the group of Catholic priests that founded the Washington, D.C. school have apologized for selling slaves in 1838 in order to raise money to pay off the college's debts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University is set to rename two buildings on campus in honor of people who were sold as slaves in Maryland in 1838. One building will be renamed Isaac Hawkins Hall in honor of the first person listed in documents related to the sale. Another will bear the name of

Georgetown University has renamed two of its campus buildings to honor two enslaved people sold by the university in 1838. Their descendants gathered at the

The school has renamed two buildings in honor of two of the 272 people sold. Their descendants gathered on the Georgetown campus for a dedication ceremony Tuesday.

One building is named 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 Georgetown.

Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States president Rev. Timothy Kesicki said during a prayer service that the group has "greatly sinned" and is "profoundly sorry."

Georgetown is also offering a preference in admissions to descendants of those sold.

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