A fund that is expected to raise $ 400,000 to pay for repairs to the descendants of slaves sold by Georgetown University is in the making at the school, which has decided not to rely on student money that would have raised the same amount.
Georgetown said it will not ask students to pay an amount of $ 27.20 per semester that was approved six months ago in a non-binding referendum vote to pay a similar fund.
Instead, the largest and oldest Catholic university in the country expects that it can generate about the same amount of money through voluntary contributions from alumni, teachers, students, and philanthropists.
Georgetown University said it will not ask students to pay an amount of $ 27.20 per semester that was approved six months ago in a non-binding referendum vote to pay for repairs to the descendants of slaves who were sent by the institution sold to cover debts in the 19th century
Frank Campbell, one of the 272 enslaved people who were sold in 1838 to cover the debts of Georgetown University, is pictured above with two unidentified children
Pictured are some of the more than 100 descendants of slaves sold by Georgetown University who received a & # 39; Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope & # 39; attending
& # 39; The university will ensure that the initiative has resources that are proportionate to or higher than the amount that would have been raised annually via the student fees proposed in the referendum, with opportunities for each member of our community to contribute & # 39 ;, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia wrote in a letter to university members & # 39; community & # 39; on Tuesday.
Georgetown is simply the newest school looking for ways to make reparations for its links with slavery.
The Princeton Theological Seminary also said this month that the money should be set aside, but a much larger $ 27 million, to support scholarships and & # 39; intercultural & # 39; changes in his curriculum as a way to show & # 39; repentance for his former links with slavery & # 39 ;, the school announced.
The theological institution's board of directors unanimously approved a recovery plan that came into being after students had pressured the Presbyterian school to offer reparations.
Students in Georgetown had voted in favor of a referendum to set up a fund that would benefit the descendants of enslaved people sold by the school in the 19th century to pay off their debts in April.
More than 2,500 students on the Washington DC campus voted for a & # 39; Reconciliation Contribution & # 39; fee. The election committee of the Georgetown University Student Association said the proponents (2,541) represented 66 percent of the votes.
The rate was opposed by 1,304 students and the turnout was 57.9 percent.
University manager Todd Olson did not commit to the fund's establishment after the vote, but said it provided valuable insight into student perspectives.
The Princeton Theological Seminary (photo) also said this month that the money should be set aside, but a much larger $ 27 million, to support scholarships and & # 39; intercultural & # 39; changes in his curriculum as a way to repent for his past ties with slavery & # 39 ;, the school announced
The student-led proposal was intended to make good the sale of 272 slaves organized by the Jesuits in 1838.
The history of Georgetown, founded in 1789 by John Carroll, is rich in benefits at the expense of enslaved people.
In September 2015, DeGioia formed a working group of faculty, staff, and students to study the issue of how the school could handle its blocked past, but little action resulted in the removal of names from buildings after student demonstrations.
Students even held a referendum support meeting entitled & # 39; GU272 & # 39 ;, prior to the non-pending vote.
It was expected to raise approximately $ 406,000 in the first year, based on the undergraduate enrollment of 7,463 students from the school in 2018-2019, according to data collected by US News & World Report.
& # 39; We embrace the spirit of this student proposal and will work with our Georgetown community to develop an initiative that supports community projects with (d) escendant communities & # 39 ;, DeGioia wrote Tuesday in the follow-up to the university and the decision to pass on the costs.
& # 39; This work will be based on our academic mission of education, research and service; offers opportunities for student leadership; and will be guided by extensive consultation and involvement with (d) escendants. & # 39;
Jessica Tilson, a descendant of Isaac Hawkins, is depicted among the various gravestones found in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in Maringouin, Louisiana, where many descendants of the 272 enslaved people sold by Georgetown University were laid to rest
Georgetown will then set up an advisory group to develop a plan to continue and request ideas for projects, DeGioia says. The referendum argued for funding for projects in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Advisory groups are also being formed to continue the school's work on academic and research initiatives and public history efforts.
& # 39; We anticipate that students, teachers, staff, alumni and (d) escendants will serve each of these groups and that they will involve our wider community in their progress and activities, & # 39 ;, DeGioia explains in Tuesday's letter from.
"All these steps will be taken with the deepest respect and consideration of (d) escaping perspectives," he adds, "while ensuring that the ongoing dialogue process is supported and prioritized."
Georgetown University is depicted in this illustration as it appeared in 1830, less than a decade before the school would sell 272 slaves to cover its debts
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