Georgetown’s report on school’s history of slave ownership

In 1838, two priests who served as pres­id­ent of the Geor­getown Uni­versity or­ches­trated the sale of 272 men, wo­men and chil­dren for $115,000, or roughly $3.3 mil­lion in today’s dol­lars, to pay off debts at the school. Geor­getown an­nounced Sept. 1 that the school will give pref­er­ence in ad­mis­sions to the des­cend­ants of those slaves.