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Georgetown University renames buildings for enslaved people

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:19

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.

Hawkins was the first enslaved person listed in the 1838 sale document.

"Today the Society of Jesus, who helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands before you to say that we have greatly sinned", Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, said at the program. Per a statement released by the university, more than 100 descendants of the 272 enslaved Black people who were sold in 1838 attended the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope. "We lay this truth bare - in sorrowful apology and communal reckoning".

Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

"The actions of Georgetown students have placed all of us on a journey together toward honoring our enslaved ancestors by working toward healing and reconciliation", she said.

Georgetown University held a religious ceremony and building dedication in Gaston Hill Tuesday as a way to honor and make amends for the university's participation in the slave trade in the 1800s. "Our history has shown us that the vestiges of slavery are a continuum that began with the kidnapping of our people from our motherland to keeping them in bondage with the brutality of American chattel slavery, Jim Crow, segregation ... the school-to-prison pipeline and the over-incarceration of people of color". Last September, officials announced several measures meant to reconcile for its history, including extending admissions preference for the descendants of the people the school once owned.

White lilies, which appear on shield of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, were planted at the base of the tree to symbolize rebirth. Becraft created a school for black girls in 1820 at Georgetown.

"We offer this apology for the descendants and your ancestors humbly and without expectations, and we trust ourselves to God and the Spirit and the grace He freely offers to find ways to work together and build together", Georgetown President John DeGioia said at the religious service, according to U.S. News.