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GU272 Descendants (2021)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-04-09

Duration: 00:05:32

Subjects: African Americans | Slaves


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Stewart, Joseph Interviewee
  • Kesicki, Timothy Interviewee


This segment from the April 9, 2021, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the Jesuits pledging $100 million to the descendants of the GU272, the enslaved people sold by the Jesuit priests at Georgetown University in 1838 to plantation owners in Louisiana. She interviews Joseph Stewart, a GU272 descendant and the president of the Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation, and Father Timothy Kesicki, the president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.