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.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership dues fund expenses that assist in the solicitation of members, membership retention, and activities of our organization. These activities include, but not limited to, Membership Certification, Genealogy Gatherings, Annual Meeting, Communication, and Membership Management.

Please note: The proceeds of Membership dues will not be used to fund salaries.

DESCENDANT is anyone who descends from a specific enslaved person owned or sold by the Jesuits of the Society of Jesus. DESCENDANT membership includes spouses and adopted children of direct DESCENDANTS of the GU272 and the Jesuit Diaspora. 

 

Membership Types

Verified DESCENDANT - Satisfactorily proves Descendant identity of GU272 -Jesuit Diaspora Ancestor (This membership type qualifies for full Descendant benefits)

Declared DESCENDANT - Self-identifies as a Descendant of a GU272 - Jesuit Diaspora Ancestor (This membership type only qualifies for partial Descendant benefits)

Non-DESCENDANT (Individual or Entity) - Any person or entity of goodwill who is committed to engaging in Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation regarding the legacy of slavery in America and chooses to honor the legacy of our ancestors. (This membership type only qualifies for partial Association Descendant benefits)

Member Benefits

Benefits associated with each type are listed in this chart (click the image to enlarge)


Membership Dues Structure

  • Verified INDIVIDUAL Annual Dues - $15 per person/year, initiation fee $20
  • Verified INDIVIDUAL Lifetime Dues - one-time payment of $272 per person
  • Verified FAMILY Annual Dues - $30 per family, initiation fee $45
  • Declared INDIVIDUAL Annual Dues - $15 per person
  • Declared FAMILY Annual Dues - $30 per family
  • Non-Descendant INDIVIDUAL Annual Dues - $100 Per Person
  • Non-Descendant INDIVIDUAL Lifetime Dues - one-time payment of $1000 & up per person
  • Non-Descendant ENTITY Annual Dues - $500 per Entity
  • Non-Descendant ENTITY Lifetime Dues – One-time payment of $5000 & up per Entity

Application Process

DESCENDANT application process

ALL Descendant Applicants:

  • The DESCENDANT (or their designated representative) must complete the online membership application. Or, the DESCENDANT'S surviving spouse will be required to provide a copy of the DESCENDANT'S death and marriage certificate before approval for membership.
  • Applicant must sign the GU272 DESCENDANTS Declaration and
  • Every individual (regardless of age) applying for membership must complete, get notarized and mail the Identity Verification form to the GU272 Descendants Association.


DECLARED Descendant Applicants
(believes they descend from one or more selected Ancestral surnames but is unsure or cannot prove it) 

** In addition to the requirements above for ALL applicants, DECLARED applicants must complete the following:

  • Applicant must submit:
    - the original Notarized Identity Verification form(s) for every member listed on the application.
  • Upon receipt of the required forms, the Membership committee reviews submitted documentation for completeness and approval within 30 days. 
  • Upon approval, the applicant will receive a link to set up a membership profile as a DECLARED Descendant and submit the dues payment.

VERIFIED Descendant Applicants (selects one or more listed Ancestral surnames and can prove it)

** In addition to the requirements above for ALL applicants, DECLARED applicants must complete the following:

  • Applicant must submit:
    - the original Notarized Identity Verification form(s) for every member listed on the application
    - documentation that proves descendance to establish direct descendant status.
  • Upon receipt of the required forms, the Membership committee reviews submitted documentation for completeness and approval within 60 days. 
  • Upon approval, the applicant will receive a link to set up a membership profile as a VERIFIED Descendant and submit the dues payment.


Start an Descendant's Application

Non-DESCENDANT application process

Any individual person or entity of goodwill may apply for a GU272 Descendants Association membership.

NOTE: The GU272 Descendants Association reserves the right to deny membership to any individual or organization whose Mission or Beliefs does not align with Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT).

  • The Non-DESCENDANT (or their designated representative) must complete the online membership application.
  • The applicant will have immediate access to Non-DESCENDANT Membership dues options and can complete dues payment process.


Start a Non-Descendant's Application

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