The GMP is an independent tax-exempt organization founded by friends, allies, and alumni of Georgetown University.

In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to plantations in Louisiana.

Men, women, and children.

University folklore says they perished without a trace.

But almost one hundred survived the Civil War.

Thousands of descendants are alive today.

Their story is part of our story.

Persons Identified & Located by GMP to Date

GU272 Ancestors

GU272 AncestorsLast Updated: 03/01/2021

GU272 Direct Descendants

Direct DescendantsLast Updated: 03/01/2021

The GMP is an independent group founded by friends, allies & alumni of Georgetown University, aligned with the Georgetown slaves and their living descendants.

The GMP is guided by the Jesuit philosophy of magis (doing more), and committed to the ideals of Truth, Reconciliation & Reunion

Our mission has four parts:
  • Identify the people sold in 1838.
  • Locate their living descendants.
  • Acknowledge them as members of the Georgetown family.
  • Honor their sacrifice & legacy.
GMP will sponsor and support:
  • Original research & oral histories
  • Articles, books & documentaries
  • Academic scholarships
  • Educational programs & events
For more information, please contact:

GMP membership is open to anyone who wishes to show support for our mission and goals.

GMP members set their own level of participation and involvement. Financial contributions and gifts are voluntary. Membership lists are confidential, and will not be shared with any third party. Just email us at:

GMP members receive the following benefits:
  • Regular GMP news & updates.
  • Invitations to GMP events.
  • Opportunities to lead and support GMP initiatives.
  • The satisfaction of bearing witness to GMP ideals and goals.

Please join the GMP today!

Support GMP

The GMP is sustained by the voluntary contributions of its individual members. We receive no financial support of any kind from Georgetown University or the Maryland Jesuits.

The GMP is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization registered with the IRS. Your contributions are 100% tax- deductible.

Donate by PayPal:
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Contribute by Mail:
Please send your check to:

Georgetown Memory Project
Richard J. Cellini, Esq.
GMP Secretary-Treasurer
P.O. Box 39-1986
Cambridge, MA 02139

Your support is vital and appreciated.