The hoya special project:  tracing the 272


Goal:  $3,750


Raised $ of $ goal


The Hoya seeks donations to fund a week-long trip to Maringouin, Louisiana, to do original investigative reporting into the lives of a community of descendants of the Georgetown 272. According to estimates, upwards of 75 percent of the population of just over 1,200 in that small town are descendants of the slaves that were sold to keep Georgetown university afloat in 1838. Now, 180 years later, The Hoya will investigate the socioeconomic effects of the sale. 

As an institution dedicated to investigating the impact and resulting obligations of the legacy of slavery, we need to investigate what exactly that legacy is. The descendants of the enslaved men, women and children who were sold to keep our university running are still highly localized in an area that is physically distant from our university, and we want to bridge that distance by bringing the stories of the descendants to the community here.

By donating via SaxaFund, you will directly support our team’s travel, lodging, and technical expenses. The Hoya’s team includes Georgetown undergraduates Derrick Arthur, Lisa Burgoa, Will Cromarty, Aly Pachter, Eliza Phillips, Shepard Thomas, and Margo Snipe, as well as journalism master’s student, Elizabeth Thomas, who is a descendant of the 272.

Previous Hoya Coverage of the GU 272 includes: