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Descendants of Georgetown Slaves Want $1 Billion in Scholarship Fund

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By    |   Monday, 12 Sep 2016 01:06 PM

Descendants of the hundreds of slaves sold by Georgetown University in 1838 wants the prestigious school to help establish a $1 billion foundation to fund scholarships for their children, The College Fix reports.

The demand came just one week after University President John DeGioia announced that descendants would receive preferential admission treatment and a formal apology for the university's participation in the slave trade, but offered no money.

A newly formed-group, The Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, which is supported by more than 500 descendants of the 272 slaves the university sold in a bid to fill its coffers, according to Georgetown's student newspaper The Hoya.

One ancestor, Karran Harper Royal, told The Hoya she appreciated the school's preferential admissions gesture "but still schooling has to be paid for."

"And we really want to through the foundation provide for the educational aspirations of descendants, regardless of whether they choose Georgetown or any other institution that might better fit their needs."

The asking price for the slaves back in 1838 was reportedly $115,000.

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