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Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation at Lauinger Library

This guide highlights the primary source documents at Lauinger Library that supports the goals of Georgetown University's Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Initiative.

Facing Georgetown's History


Facing Georgetown's History cover

DC History sponsored a book talk with the editors of Facing Georgetown's History on June 23, 2021. (1:11)

During this conversation with Bell Clement, editor of Washington History, Adam Rothman, Elsa Barazza Mendoza, and Lauret Savoy who compiled Facing Georgetown's History: A Reader on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation reflect upon the role of enslaved people in the foundation of Georgetown, their own personal encounter with the documentary evidence and the descendants, and the reconciliation efforts of the present-day Georgetown community.

The editors of the volume Adam Rothman, Ph.D., professor of history and member of the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, and Elsa Barraza Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Middlebury College, have selected documents for the Georgetown Slavery Archive which has become an essential resource for students and faculty. The author of the foreword Lauret Savoy, Ph.D., is professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke and a descendant of people enslaved by the Jesuits.

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