UNO hosts talk about 1838 Georgetown sale of slaves

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans is hosting a program this week about the 1838 sale of hundreds of slaves to benefit Georgetown University.

The event Wednesday is titled “Sold South: Tracing a Jesuit Slave Community from Maryland to Louisiana.”

It brings together two people who recently learned about their slave ancestors with a Georgetown professor who is also a member of Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation.

In 1838, two priests orchestrated the sale of 272 people to planters in Louisiana to pay off debts at the school.

The transaction was one of the most thoroughly documented large sales of enslaved people in history.

Tickets are sold out but people can watch a livestream of it on the Facebook page of the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.


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