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Georgetown slave descendants call for $1B foundation

September 09, 2016

A week after Georgetown University issued a report seeking to address its historic ties to slavery, including profits from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves, the slaves’ descendants called for the establishment of a $1-billion foundation.

The proposed foundation “would be of the highest caliber, a national leader in the issue of truth and reconciliation,” The Washington Post reported.

“The foundation can only be a reality if we can establish a partnership with Georgetown University,” said a spokesman for the descendants. “We want to work with them on a greater vision that’s not dependent on the day-to-day educational mission of Georgetown, a separate foundation that we all have a role in.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 10, 2016 12:39 PM ET USA

    LOL! In the American political environment, no good deed goes unpunished.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Sep. 10, 2016 2:23 AM ET USA

    George Washington Carver didn't need a billion or even ONE dollar to support his accomplishments (and there are others). In fact, he met obstacles these people can't even begin to grasp; instead of yet another freebie which will encourage nothing, oh never mind, they wouldn't get it.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Sep. 09, 2016 10:57 AM ET USA

    Fr.Cornelius Buckley pointed out in an article that this happened because Jesuits ignored papal teaching on the immorality of slavery:Popes Paul III, Urban VIII. What else is new? Jesuits continue to ignore Church/papal teaching on what is a Catholic university (St.John Paul II,Ex Corde Ecclesiae).In the style of Prof Henry Higgins: Well in America the Jesuits have done so for years!

  • Posted by: garedawg - Sep. 09, 2016 10:28 AM ET USA

    I see some tuition hikes in the future.