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October Wednesday

Sowing Resolution: The Case for Reparations in Action


Presented as a part of the series 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History.

As a national conversation about reparations takes root, BHS and the Social Science Research Council gather a panel of experts to unpack the notion of reparations broadly, examine various forms that reparations might take, and look at one concrete example happening today. In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved people ‘down river’ to secure its financial health. What is owed to their descendants, and how has Georgetown made amends? Join New York Times contributing writer Rachel Swarns for a conversation with Adam Rothman, GU historian and principal curator of the Georgetown Slavery Archive; Mélisande Short-Colomb, student activist and descendant of the GU272; and Katherine Franke, author of Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University.

This program is presented as part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History initiative, an immersive series of reflection, analysis, and discussion acknowledging our nation’s unresolved history of slavery.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

7:00 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
Reserve Tickets

Thanks to our funders

This series is made possible through the generous support of Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin, Sylvia and Byron Lewis, Margaret Seiler and Hovey Brock, Alexandra Bowie and Daniel Richman, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and donors to BHS’s Race and History Fund.


Thanks to our programming partners

BHS is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Coming to the Table, Facing History and Ourselves, the New School’s 400 Years of Inequality initiative, the Social Science Research Council, and the Vera Institute of Justice.