WASHINGTON, DC (WWL/WUSA*9)--Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. It has a long history of notable alumni: Supreme Court justices, members of Congress. Even some American Presidents. However, a recent New York Times article has shined a less than flattering light on a part of the school's past. Its history tied to slavery.
"The Catholic Church owned slaves. I mean priests, Jesuits, whipped and owned slaves and then sold them to save a university to educate white people," Maxine Crump tells WUSA9 sister station, WWL in Louisiana. "That's just not right."
"The Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, which was charged by Georgetown's President in September 2015, has been thoughtfully developing a comprehensive range of actions for the university to consider to best acknowledge our historical ties to slavery. The Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation considerations include public memorials, the renaming of buildings, identification of significant historical locations on campus, enabling research that advances understanding of the history, support for descendants, and convening events and opportunities for dialogue on these issues. The working group is expected to complete this phase of their work [and] in the coming weeks and months."