Georgetown University reparations fund could help slave descendants in Louisiana

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

Thirty-four percent voted against the measure.

The 272 slaves in question were sold in 1838 to keep the university open, the Examiner reported.

The proposal calls for increased tuition at 27.20 dollars per semester to create a fund that would benefit the descendants of the 272 slaves sold by the university to pay off the debt of the Georgetown Jesuits and financially save the institution in 1838. The proposal was organized by the GU272 Advocacy Team, which conducted an outreach campaign to educate students about slavery.


The vote saw the highest student turnout in the school's student government history. Student referendums help to express important student perspectives but do not create university policy and are not binding on the university.

It said: "the board of students and descendants would make this determination in the same way that the Georgetown University Admissions Office does, or the various descendant associations do". "I would just be happy to see the dialogue continue in the same direction".

The student-led referendum was organised by the group Students for the GU272.


"As individuals with moral imagination, we choose to do more than simply recognize the past - we resolve to change our future". Tuition for undergraduates in the 2019 fiscal year is $53,520.

Over two-thirds of those who voted favored the new reparations fee.

After the passage of the bill, Georgetown sophomore Eliza Dunni Phillips, a member of the GU272, told CNN: "The vestiges of slavery are still so evident, and so numerous African Americans whose ancestors were enslaved are still so disenfranchised". "Regardless of what happens, we will know that Georgetown University students practiced solidarity and chose to ensure that such an historic injustice has a permanent lens for awareness, analysis and action".


Since President DeGioia traveled to Louisiana in June 2016, Georgetown has met with many Descendants and heard many important ideas about how we might move forward together. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.

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