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Hidden History of the GU272 (2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-02-07

Duration: 00:08:46

Subjects: African Americans | History | Slaves | Genealogy | Museum exhibits


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Harris, Nelson Interviewee
  • Royal, Karran Interviewee
  • Scoby, Margie Interviewee


This segment from the February 7, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ visit to an exhibit on the GU272 at the Finding Our Roots African American Museum in Houma, Louisiana. Williams reports that the GU272 were the enslaved people sold by the Jesuit priests at Georgetown University in 1838 to plantation owners in Louisiana. She interviews: Nelson Harris, GU272 descendant; Karran Royal, the executive director of the GU272 Descendants Association; and Margie Scoby, the museum founder.