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Our mission is to provide education on the subject of race for all Americans. Concurrently, in the spirit of reparations, we also focus on economic opportunities for African Americans who are Descendants of the enslaved people who built Georgetown University, and were then sold to Louisiana sugarcane plantations by GU’s Jesuit leadership in Maryland. The enslaved people included in one of the largest sales in American history (272 individuals), who were “sold down the river” in 1838, are now known as the GU272.

Efforts by GU students, faculty, and alumni have found over 4,000 living Descendants of the original group, many of whom live near the plantations where their ancestors toiled and died generations ago. They have been adversely affected by slavery’s legacy and by today’s systemic racism.

Anyone who wants to learn if they might be GU272 Descendants, may use the GU272 database, which has the genealogy of many family groups. Hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, it can be found at gu272.americanancestors.org  For context on the history of slavery and the descendants of America’s enslaved people, The NY Times, “The 1619 Project” is an excellent resource.  

Louisiana Rising is a member of the NAACP.  We support the Southern Poverty Law Center and ACLU social justice efforts.  We operate independently of, and collaborate with, the GU272 Descendants Association, and do not represent the Association.