Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Georgetown Slavery Ties

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Georgetown Slavery Ties

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Georgetown University is just the latest school to rename campus buildings whose namesakes have been tied to slavery. Mulledy Hall, a new student dorm, will temporarily be called Freedom Hall, while McSherry Hall, which is the home for a meditation center, will be renamed Remembrance Hall. Mulledy Hall was named after former Georgetown President Thomas Mulledy, who authorized the sale of nearly 300 slaves and used the proceeds to pay off university debt. McSherry Hall received its name from another former Georgetown president, William McSherry, who also sold some slaves and helped Mulledy in his slave sale.

The school decided to rename the buildings following the recommendations of a 16-member working group made up of administrators, faculty and students. But student activists want the school to go even further and create an endowment using funds, adjusted for inflation, that match the school's profit from the slave sales. …

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