Black Georgetown Remembered in the News

Black Georgetown Remembered 25th Anniversary Edition Book Launch


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New Black Georgetown Remembered Book Celebrated with Community

February 25, 2016– The university celebrated the commemorative 25th anniversary edition of Black Georgetown Remembered last night with a celebration in Gaston Hall that evoked fond memories of a tight-knit black community that once thrived in neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

The book, first published in 1991 by Georgetown University Press, chronicles the rich but not well-known history of the black community in Georgetown, beginning in the colonial period into the present day.

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Remembering Georgetown’s Black History 

Georgetown was once a predominantly African American neighborhood, and photographs from that time are featured in Georgetown University Press’ Black Georgetown Remembered, first published in 1991 and reissued this past February.<--break- />

In its early years, Georgetown was an independent tobacco and shipping port that received large shipments of Maryland’s tobacco crop. In 1800, Georgetown and some areas outside of Georgetown’s current boundaries had a population of 5,120, including 1,449 slaves and 277 free blacks, according to the book. Slave trading was banned in the federal district in the mid-nineteenth century, but the lucrative practice continued in Georgetown. Slaves were auctioned off just like books, kitchen furniture, and bedding, according to an advertisement in an 1834 issue of the National Intelligencer.

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'Black Georgetown Remembered' Celebrated on 25th Anniversary

The Georgetown University Press hosted a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the book and film documentary “Black Georgetown Remembered” as part of Black History Month celebrations in Gaston Hall on Wednesday night.

The book and film documentary, first published in 1991, narrates the abundant history of Georgetown’s black community, a history that the book cites as relatively unknown by members of the greater Georgetown community until the book’s publication.

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Georgetown's Black History Lives Anew at Gaston Hall

The evening began with winds, thunder and flooding, as participants made their way to Georgetown University's Gaston Hall for a discussion of the town's black past and its people as well as recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking "Black Georgetown Remembered," published by the university in 1991.

Spurred by the university's bicentennial celebrations in 1989, the book tells the story of black Georgetown from the perspective of those living at the time and their memories of a town that included many more black people. "Black Georgetown Remembered" was a book that put black Georgetowners back on the map and in the mind of present residents.

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Black Georgetown Remembered Documentary