GU272 is dedicated to preserving the memorycommemorating 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 ancestorsreconnecting 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 - Maryland Diaspora. 

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Learn About Membership


The GU272 Descendants Association offers membership options for descendants of the GU272 - Maryland 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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Archaeologists discover 300 year-old slave quarters on a Jesuit plantation in Southern Maryland


This archaeology project is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), the GU 272 Descendants Association, Southern Maryland Heritage Area, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The study proposes to recover archaeological information that will be used to shed light on the lives of enslaved African Americans who lived at Newtown. Click this link to review the proposal In Search of Newtown Manor's African Community_Proposal Final.pdf   If you have questions regarding this project please reach out via the "Contact Us" tab. 

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