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Georgetown President Is Seeking to Make Amends for 1838 Slave Sale

Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia pledged a vigorous and wide-ranging effort to make amends for the Jesuit school’s 1838 sale of 272 slaves. “This is an important moment in the life of our university,” DeGioia said in a meeting with The Washington Post on Wednesday. He said that the university is studying a range of actions that it plans to unveil later this summer, part of an effort to address the legacy of slavery, racism and segregation for the nation as a whole and for Georgetown in particular.