The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings
America’s nuns are beginning to confront their complicity in slavery, but it’s still a long road to repentance.
Important writing from
expands our understanding of the foundational role of slavery in the formation of educational institutions to (often related) religious ones: The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings
For generations, enslaved people have been largely left out of the origin story traditionally told about the Catholic Church. I’m a black journalist and a black Catholic. And I grew up without knowing any of this. That’s why I had to tell this story.
The New York Times
writes, “Historians say that nearly all of the orders of Catholic sisters established by the late 1820s owned slaves”
Ana Lucia Araujo
"The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings" important article by
on the history of slave-ownership by the Catholic Church in the USA. Many people are not aware the Catholic Church was the largest slaveowner in the Americas. #slaveryarchive
"The Georgetown Visitation sisters owned at least 107 enslaved men, women and children, the records show. And they sold dozens of those people to pay debts and to help finance the expansion of their school and the construction of a new chapel."
First it was Catholic priests - and now its nuns who are discovering that their orders kept and sold slaves. A disturbing reveal by
, who broken ground on #Georgetown and the Jesuits culpability too.
Nuns disposing of black families?
reporting says such casual cruelty from leaders of the faith “still takes my breath away. I am a black journalist and a black Catholic. Yet I grew up knowing nothing about” this.
John Wesley Lowery
The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings America’s nuns are beginning to confront their ties to slavery, but it’s still a long road to repentance.
(not that kind of Dr) Lily Jampol
The nuns were creatures of their times and our history. Their vision was clouded as ours often is - esp. when we fail to confront being heirs and beneficiaries of this history, part of 'the rise of the West' & the US. Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings
Tris Mamone ⚧️
God bless these Catholic nuns who model moral courage in speaking about their convent's history of owning and selling slaves, and walking on the path of retribution and reconciliation. By facing our layered past with open eyes, we have the chance to heal.
"Historians say that nearly all of the orders of Catholic sisters established by the late 1820s owned slaves." Fascinating piece by
on the emergence of a hidden history
“Nothing else to do than to dispose of the family of Negroes” Mother Agnes Brent, convent’s superior wrote in 1821 as she approved the sale of a couple and their two young children. The enslaved woman was just days away from giving birth to her 3rd child
The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings - The New York Times
David L. Smith
Opinion | The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings