These are suggested readings.  This list will be added to and revised as the Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation moves forward with its charge.

Working Group Pamphlet

"What We Know: Georgetown University and Slavery." Distributed November 30, 2015. 

Overview Materials
Collins, David. "Georgetown, Jesuits, Slaveholding." The Hoya February 9, 2015. Web.

Curran, Robert Emmett. “Building a College and More.” In The Bicentennial History of Georgetown University: From Academy to University, 107-130. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 1993.

Quallen, Matthew. "Georgetown, Financed by Slave Trading." The Hoya September 26, 2014. Web.

Quallen, Matthew. "Jesuit Ideals Facing the Slave Trade." The Hoya January 16, 2015. Web.

Quallen, Matthew. "Slavery Inextricably Tied to Georgetown's Growth." The Hoya October 23, 2015. Web. 

Quallen, Matthew. "Slavery's Remnants, Buried and Overlooked." The Hoya September 11, 2015. Web.

We invite you to explore the Georgetown Slavery Archive, a digital repository created by the Working Group to provide access to original documentary material on Georgetown's historical relationship with slavery.

Recommended Reading

Beckett, Edward. S.J. "Listening to Our History: Inculturation and Jesuit Slaveholding." Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits 28/5 (November 1996): 1-48. 

Berlin, Ira. "American Slavery in History and Memory and the Search for Social Justice." The Journal of American History 90 (2004): 1251-1268.

Clarke, Max and Gary Alan Fine. "'A' for Apology: Slavery and the Collegiate Discourses of Remembrance - the Cases of Brown University and the University of Alabama." History and Memory 22 (2010): 81-112.


Curran, Robert Emmett. "'Splendid Poverty': Jesuit Slave Holdings in Maryland, 1805-1838." In Catholics in the Old South. Edited by Randall M. Miller and Jon L. Wakelyn. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1983.

Jackson, Maurice. "Washington, DC: From the Founding of a Slaveholding Capital to a Center of Abolitionism." Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology & Heritage 2.1 (May 2013): 40-66.

Kolchin, Peter. “Slave Life” and “The White South.” In American Slavery, 1619-1877, 133-199. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.

Menzie Lesko, Kathleen, Valerie Babb, and Carroll R. Gibbs. Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community From the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day. Washington, DC: Georgetown UP, 2016. 
  • Preface and Chapter 1 recommended 
  • Please click here for details on the event celebrating the book's 25th anniversary

Murphy, Thomas, S.J. Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland, 1717-1838. Studies in African American History and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2001. 

Wilder, Craig Steven.  Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
  • For a review of Ebony and Ivy in the New York Times, click here.
  • For a review of Ebony and Ivy in the Journal of Southern History, click here