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Glimpses of Slavery at Georgetown College

Slave census from 1838

Now through April 30th, you can stop by the Stephen Richard Kerbs Exhibit Area on the 3rd Floor of Lauinger Library to view Glimpses of Slavery, an exhibition detailing the history of slavery at Georgetown. The exhibition was curated by Professor Adam Rothman, Department of History.

In 2016, Professor Rothman, a member of Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, worked with fellow group members Professor Marcia Chatelain, Department of History, and Matthew Quallen (SFS’16) to create the Georgetown Slavery Archive. The archive brings together and makes accessible archival documents from the Booth Family Center for Special Collections and the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus that relate to Georgetown’s history of slavery.

Glimpses of Slavery allows you to see some of these documents from the archive in person, allowing you to see details from the practice at Georgetown through sacramental records, to property records, to a runaway advertisement for a man named Isaac.