Protests against racism at the University of Missouri have sparked a movement that is spreading across the nation.
Now, protests at Georgetown University have prompted officials to rename two buildings originally named for school presidents “who organized the sale of Jesuit-owned slaves to help pay off campus debt in the 1830s,” according to The Washington Post.
President John J. DeGioia said in an email to the school’s community Saturday that he was changing the names based on a recommendation from the Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, the report says. He had appointed a panel of 16 administrators, faculty, and students in September to review slavery-related sites on campus.
From The Washington Post:
Mulledy Hall, a new student dormitory named for the president who authorized the sale of about 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation owner in 1838, will be called Freedom Hall until a permanent name is chosen.
McSherry Hall, which houses a meditation center and was named for another university president who served as an adviser on the slave sale, will be called Remembrance Hall until it is renamed.
The announcement came after demonstrations last week in Georgetown’s Red Square, where an estimated 250 students and other activists showed solidarity with protesters at Mizzou and Yale University.
SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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