Their lives have changed since learning about their families involvement in the 1838 sale of 272 enslave men, women and children by the priests of Georgetown University. Karran’s husband is a descendant of Nace and Bibby Butler and, Patrick and Letty Hawkins, two of the largest families among the GU272. Sandra Green Thomas is a descendant of Sam and Betsy Harris. Recently, Sandra has learned through DNA that she and Karran’s husband are cousins.
Karran Harper Royal is the Executive Director of the Georgetown University 272 Descendants Association (GU272) and married to Kenneth Royal. Kenneth’s father Leonard Royal grew up in Maringouin, Louisiana.
Sandra Green Thomas has a wealth of family history that has been passed down to her by family members and has been with the organizing group of the GU272 Descendants Association since it’s beginning.