How to Find Your GU272 Ancestor
In 1838, Georgetown University included 272 enslaved people on a bill of sale to plantations in Louisiana in order to save the university from financial ruin. We now know that the number of individuals sold during this sale is at least 314. Tradition claimed that all perished on the way to Louisiana, but they survived – many of them through the Civil War living long enough to see emancipation. Over 8,000 of their descendants are now known and the numbers continue to grow. It is a story of perseverance and survival. If you think you may be a part of this amazing legacy, here are some tips and resources to help aid you on your search to make a connection and add to your family story.