GU272 is dedicated to preserving the memorycommemorating the lives, and restoring the honor of the GU272 enslaved people sold by  the Maryland Province Jesuits in 1838 and those who were enslaved before, during, and after the sale by the Society of Jesus.  As Descendants, we commit to reconciling our ancestors' enslavement, reconnecting families and renewing ties lost.


Understand Our History


In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits and Georgetown University sold more than 272 enslaved people from Jesuit-owned tobacco plantations in southern Maryland to Henry Johnson and Jesse Batey - two plantation owners in southern Louisiana. Today, these enslaved people, a long with those owned/sold before, during, and after 1838, are known collectively as the GU272 - Jesuit Diaspora. 

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Learn About Membership


The GU272 Descendants Association offers membership options for descendants of the GU272 - Jesuit Diaspora, as well as others who support the importance of our work.  We invite you to explore our association's benefits and the process to join.

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Collaborate with Us



The GU272 Descendants Association seeks to partner with individuals and organizations that share our commitment to achieving Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation regarding the legacy of slavery in America. 

Together, we choose to honor the legacy of our ancestors, while educating future generations.

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     Our Descendants Declaration   

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