Sit-in to call for Mulledy Hall name change Jul 14, 2016 8:12:08 GMT -5
Post by DFW HOYA on Jul 14, 2016 8:12:08 GMT -5
You don't need to be condescending to disagree and I offer no "findings", only what has been written on this issue long before this became a cause celebre. I'll be glad to speak offline on my interactions with those experts you cite.
None of it changes the fact that once and future leaders of the university, acting in a role of even greater authority that included oversight of the university, acted on the demand to get rid of the slaves by selling them (rather than, say, shipping them off to the good brothers in Canada) and used the money to pay off university debts. This was an act that earned them widespread opprobrium from their Jesuit peers in their own day, and it more than merits continued reflection and commemoration.
You may also want to check your sources on that one. Thomas Mulledy was put in clerical time-out as much for the fact that he didn't return all the proceeds to the Order as much as his inability "to safeguard sacramental and family bonds among the enslaved persons", as was cited in a review of the issue presented at Holy Cross earlier this year. It certainly didn't prevent Mulledy from being named the first president of Holy Cross in 1843, or return for another term as rector-president at Georgetown two years later.