MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: The Ugly Truths America Must Face

November 24, 2015 Marian Wright Edelman 0

On Nov.14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th-century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit-owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to pay Georgetown’s construction debts, and William McSherry, who also sold other Jesuit-owned slaves and was Mulledy’s adviser. The sale ignored the objections of some Jesuit leaders who believed using the money to pay off debt was immoral and their demands that families be kept together. […]

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