University also Renames and Dedicates Buildings with Historical Ties to Slavery
Georgetown University, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society of Jesus in the United States, will host a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Gaston Hall, in honor of the enslaved men, women and children sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838.
In addition, on Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m., the university will celebrate the dedication of a campus building, Isaac Hawkins Hall, named for the first enslaved person listed in documents related to the 1838 sale. The university also will rededicate a second building, Anne Marie Becraft Hall, for a free woman of color who was one of the first teachers of Catholic black girls in the town of Georgetown. The buildings originally were named for Georgetown Jesuits involved with the sale. The dedications will take place in the quadrangle near the university’s Dahlgren Chapel.
In the fall of 2015, Georgetown University President DeGioia convened the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation to make recommendations on how best to acknowledge and recognize our University’s historical relationship to slavery. On September 1, 2016, the Working Group released their report, which included a series of recommendations that are guiding the University’s ongoing efforts. These events are the result of these recommendations as well as an ongoing consultation process among the Georgetown community and the descendant community.