Georgetown University renames buildings after African-American slaves it sold in 1838 to pay off debts

Georgetown University moved to atone for its historical links to slavery on Tuesday by holding a religious service and renaming buildings after African-Americans, including for one of 272 slaves sold to help fund the Washington school.

The packed liturgy service and building dedications were the latest step by a US Catholic-run university to make amends for ties to slavery and racism.

The movement gained force in late 2015 when students at dozens of US colleges protested legacies of racism on campus. Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Yale and Duke are among schools that have addressed their links to slavery and racism.

Following protests,

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