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August 30, 2019
The Isaac Hawkins Hall dormitory building is seen at Georgetown University campus in Washington, U.S.,...
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The Wider Image: 'Built by my family': America's grand buildings built by slaves
The Isaac Hawkins Hall dormitory building is seen at Georgetown University campus in Washington, U.S., August 30, 2019. The dormitory is believed to have been built in part by slaves and has since been renamed to honour those who were sold to plantation owners in Louisiana. In 2016, Georgetown acknowledged that hundreds of people who were enslaved on Jesuit plantations were sold in 1838 to farms in Louisiana to pay off some of the university's debts. People involved in the GU272 Memory Project, a venture to find the descendants of those slaves, have said they have identified about 9,000 descendants, 4,000 of whom are living. In 2016, the university began offering preferential admission to descendants of slaves who had been owned by the Maryland Province of Jesuits. REUTERS/Carlos Barria SEARCH "SLAVERY BUILDINGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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