via USA Today:
In a special ceremony Tuesday morning, the Jesuit order that founded Georgetown University formally apologized to the descendants of 272 slaves sold in 1838 to pay off the university’s debts.
More than 100 descendants of these slaves gathered at ornate Gaston Hall for the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope, where the apology was delivered by the Rev. Tim Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
“Today the Society of Jesus, who helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands before you to say that we have greatly sinned, in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do,“ Kesicki said.
“We are profoundly sorry — it is our very enslavement of another, our very ownership of another, culminating in the tragic sale of 272 women, men, and children that remains with us to this day, trapping us in an historic truth, for which we implore mercy and justice, hope and healing.”