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Sharon M. Leon, PhD
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 5/31/2018

A Study of the Enslaved Persons Owned (and Sold) by the Maryland Province Jesuits

An online publication on the history of Jesuit slave ownership beginning in 1717 and culminating in the sale of 272 slaves in 1838, the proceeds of which assisted the financing of Georgetown University.

On June 19, 1838, Thomas Mulledy, S.J. signed his name to an agreement with Jesse Batey and Henry Johnson to seal the fate of 272 enslaved persons who resided on Jesuit-owned estates in Southern Maryland, selling them south to Louisiana. With an eye to the events and relationships that formed the warp and woof of the daily lives of this enslaved community between 1717 and 1838, I will work to identify each individual enslaved person present in the documentary evidence and to situate them within their families and larger community. Focusing on the enslaved community itself makes this project ideal for a digital publication. Rather than writing a single linear narrative treatment that could only include a number of individual vignettes standing in for the whole, I will employ linked open data and social network analysis to visualize the entire community of enslaved people and their relationships to one another across space and time.