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BORN ENSLAVED, PATRICK FRANCIS HEALY ‘PASSED’ HIS WAY TO LEAD GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. (A)t Georgetown University, students, faculty, alumni, and administration have been re-appraising the school’s racist past for years. In 1838, when the Jesuit school was deep in debt, its president, Reverend Thomas F. Mulledy, sold 272 black men, women and children to Louisiana plantations to keep the school afloat. Three years ago, Georgetown pulled Mulledy’s name off a dormitory, replacing it with the name of enslaved laborer Isaac Hawkins. More recently, the school announced a program to offer free tuition to the descendants of those enslaved workers.

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