Georgetown University renames buildings to atone for slavery ties

18 Apr

Following protests, Yale University said in February it would change the name of a college dedicated to a 19th-century defender of slavery, John C. Calhoun.

Georgetown President John DeGioia said at the religious service, which included slave descendants, that the school had been complicit in the United States’ “original sin” of slavery.

“We offer this apology for the descendants and your ancestors humbly and without expectations, and we trust ourselves to God and the Spirit and the grace He freely offers to find ways to work together and build together,” he said.

The 18,000-student university renamed two buildings that had honored school presidents who oversaw the 1838 sale of 272 slaves from church-affiliated plantations in Maryland. The money went to pay off college debts.

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