GU272 Descendants Association Vice President Maxine Crump shared these words as her niece Lauren Crump was accepted into the Master of Arts in International Business and Policy Program at Georgetown University:
My niece, Emanuel Crump II’s daughter Lauren, has been accepted in to the Masters of Arts in International Business and Policy program. It is the second cohort of a year long program-with 4 modules in Washington DC, 1 in Santiago Chile, and one in Frankfurt Germany. The start date is Jan 21 with graduation Dec. 8th.
179 years after the Jesuits of Georgetown sold her ancestors to Maringouin, Lauren becomes the first descendant of the 94 people of GU272 that was sold to West Oak Plantation in Maringouin is going back to Georgetown, this time not as a slave, she is going as a student unlike her ancestors taken there as chattel but under her own power, through a legacy status as agreed to by Georgetown;recognizing her full humanity and as a student.
She will walk on the campus where her ancestor 6 times removed from her who now has his name on a building at GU, Isaac Hawkins Hall where he was enslaved and in 1838 was sold by Georgetown University, along with 272 others whose sale saved the university from debt and their labor and skills went on to build the economy of Maringouin and the state of Louisiana as well as enrich other institutions nationwide that benefited at many levels from the riches of cotton and sugarcane. This status offers her a prestigious Ivy League education. This is what her ancestors has earned for her with their very lives, labor and skills while being subjected to some of the most oppressive conditions any human has endured in this country..
Its a point of pride for us and an honor to the ancestors that is long long overdue. Much more good to come for all involved.
Her linage: Emanuel Crump, Jr
Emanuel Crump, Sr
Justine Hawkins Crump
Cornelius Hawkins (grave found at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church)
Issac Hawkins (first name on the “slave” manifesto)
Sam Hawkins back to the 1700’s (before America was a country)
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