GU272 is dedicated to preserving the memory, commemorating the lives and restoring the honor of the 272 enslaved people sold by the Jesuits of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1838, and others before and after them who were sold as well. As Descendants, we commit to reconciling the enslavement of our ancestors, reconnecting families and renewing ties lost.
Membership dues fund expenses that assist in the solicitation of members, membership retention, and activities of our organization. These activities include, but not limited to, Membership Certification, Genealogy Gatherings, Annual Meeting, Communication, and Membership Management.
Please note: The proceeds of Membership dues will not be used to fund salaries.
A DESCENDANT is anyone originating or coming from an ancestral person whose involuntary labor helped establish, expand, and sustain Jesuit missionary efforts and educational institutions until the abolition of slavery in 1865. DESCENDANT membership includes spouses and adopted children of direct DESCENDANTS of the GU272 and those who were enslaved before, during, and after the sale by the Society of Jesus.
Verified DESCENDANT - Satisfactorily proves Descendant identity of GU272 - Ancestral Diaspora from enslaved by Jesuits (This membership type qualifies for full GU272 Descendant Association benefits)
Declared DESCENDANT - Self-identifies as a Descendant of a GU272 - Ancestral Diaspora from enslaved by Jesuits (This membership type only qualifies for partial Descendant benefits)
Non-DESCENDANT (Individual or Entity) - Any person or entity of goodwill who is committed to engaging in Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation regarding the legacy of slavery in America and chooses to honor the legacy of our ancestors. (This membership type only qualifies for partial Association Descendant benefits)
Benefits associated with each type are listed in this chart (click the image to enlarge)
Membership Dues Structure
NOTE: Your membership dues will not be billed until your membership application is approved.
DESCENDANT application process
ALL Descendant Applicants:
** In addition to the requirements above for ALL applicants, DECLARED applicants must complete the following:
VERIFIED Descendant Applicants (selects one or more listed Ancestral surnames and can prove it)
** In addition to the requirements above for ALL applicants, VERIFIED applicants must complete the following:
Non-DESCENDANT application process
Any individual person or entity of goodwill may apply for a GU272 Descendants Association membership.
NOTE: The GU272 Descendants Association reserves the right to deny membership to any individual or organization whose Mission or Beliefs does not align with Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT).