The hoya special project: tracing the 272
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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.
Throughout summer 2018, The Hoya's team began putting their funds to immediate use. Since their initial trip to Maringouin, their team has produced seven articles and is in the process of creating additional digital content. They will continue their investigative work into the lives and legacies of the GU 272 and their descendants during the Fall 2018 semester. Please continue donating to support their important efforts.
You can read all of the articles produced through The Hoya's collaboration with SaxaFund here.
Previous Hoya Coverage of the GU 272 includes:
"179 Years Later, Descendants of Slaves Seek Future at Georgetown" – Aly Pachter, Staff Writer
"Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves" – Matthew Quallen, Historian Columnist
"Slave Descendants Demand More From Georgetown Restitution Efforts" – Will Cassou, Staff Writer
"Georgetown Seeks to Make Amends for the 272" – Ian Scoville, Editor-in-Chief