SMR: Library Events

The Georgetown University Library is an active participant in programming, events, and exhibits on topics related to Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. If you would like to collaborate with the Library on a program or event, please contact us at


  • The Booth Family Center for Special Collections is curating an exhibition using materials from the Maryland Province Archives to be on display in summer 2021.


  • In April 2020, Harriette Hemmasi, Dean of the Library, participated in a video for the University's 2020 Emancipation Day programming in which faculty, staff, students, and descendants participated.


  • In August 2019, the Library welcomed a group of relatives from the Hawkins family to the Betz Reading Room for a presentation by Professor Adam Rothman and to view archival materials.

  • In April 2019, as part of the University’s Emancipation Day programming, participants helped transcribe archival materials used to better understand the lives of those who were enslaved, and the history of enslavement in the Maryland Province.



  • From January 13, 2017 through April 30, 2017, the exhibit Glimpses of Slavery at Georgetown College was on display in the Stephen Richard Kerbs Exhibit Area.

  • In March 2017, Lynn Conway, University Archivist, presented at the Universities Studying Slavery Spring 2017 meeting, at Riggs Library. The topic of her presentation was “Jesuit Slaveholding Records in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library."


  • In October 2016, the Library welcomed a group of more than 50 descendants from New York for a visit and presentation by Professor Adam Rothman in Booth’s Barbara Ellis Jones Classroom.

  • On April 18, 2016, to mark DC Emancipation Day, Professor Adam Rothman held a discussion on the President's Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation in Booth’s Barbara Ellis Jones Classroom. Each year since 2016, Georgetown has sponsored programs and events commemorating DC Emancipation Day and providing the campus and local community an opportunity to reflect on the University’s historical ties to slavery.