The GU272 descendant community has preserved an immensely rich corpus of family stories and shared historical memories. These stories record not just the lives of early GU272 descendants, but accounts of enslaved GU272 Ancestors and the 1838 slave sale as well. From 2016 to2018, the Georgetown Memory Project recorded forty (40) museum-quality oral histories with verified GU272 Descendants. These 40 audio interviews (each lasting approximately 1.25 hours) provide broad coverage of the four Maryland “departure plantations,” the three Louisiana “destination plantations,” and the 50 original GU272 families upended by the 1838 slave sale. On February 28, 2020, the Library of Congress signed a binding agreement with the GMP accepting the “GU272 Oral History Collection of the Georgetown Memory Project” as a gift to the nation, for inclusion in the Library in perpetuity. This initiative will prepare written transcripts of the GMP’s 40 GU272 oral histories to be transferred to the Library of Congress in 2022, along with the 40 underlying audio recordings. Together, these materials will provide the narrative arc, content, and context that will give life to GU272 datasets everywhere, and facilitate empathy and understanding at the human level.
Founder and Secretary, Georgetown Memory Project
Interview Transcription Expert, Georgetown Memory Project
Transcript Review and Revision Expert, Georgetown Memory Project
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Georgetown Memory Project