WASHINGTON (WJZ) – Georgetown University is acknowledging the role slavery played in the prestigious university’s history. On Thursday, the university announced it will offer preferential admissions benefits to the descendants of slaves it sold back in 1838.
A prestigious institution facing a dark past. In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to pay off debts — a $3 million sale by today’s standards.
On Thursday, leaders announced steps to right the wrongs, including an apology and granting descendants of those slaves preferential admissions treatment — a benefit children of current alumni already have.
“I believe the fundamental question we are wrestling with now is how can we contribute to ensuring evermore access and affordability to higher education in America for hundreds of thousands who are not able to access it,” said President John DeGioia, Georgetown University.