Georgetown Changes Building Names Tied to Slavery

November 16, 2015

Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced Saturday that in response to a study group's recommendations, he would rename two buildings that honor former university presidents, one of whom authorized the sale of 272 slaves from a plantation in 1838 to help pay off the university's debt, and the other one who advised on the sale. Students have said that these former presidents shouldn't be honored as they are with building names at the university. As a result of the announcement, Mulledy Hall and McSherry Hall will be renamed Freedom Hall and Remembrance Hall, respectively, until new permanent names are selected. While the university has been studying the possible name change for some time, the announcement follows a protest Friday in the president's office.

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