In fall 1838, 272 men, women and children who belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests were sold as slaves to help secure the future of Georgetown University.
Now, genealogists are trying to find out what happened to them, and The New York Times wants to hear from their descendants. If you have researched your family history and have found connections to either these enslaved African-Americans or to the priests who owned and sold them, please let us know by completing the form below.
If you know of someone else with that lineage, we’d like to hear about that, too. Times reporters may follow up with you to learn more about your story.