Daniel Corti, director of the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia, views one of the organization's exhibits June 23, 2021, about how religions dealt with slavery in pre-civil war America. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Georgetown University History Professor Adam Rothman discusses why it's important to understand the history of slavery and racism in the U.S. to comprehend racial struggles in society today. The "Church and Race" podcast can be found on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, etc., or at https://www.catholicnews.com/podcasts.

WASHINGTON | When Georgetown University and the Jesuits began efforts to make amends for selling 272 enslaved people to a Louisiana plantation in the 1830s, leaders of the Catholic institution for higher education went beyond their apologies and offers of restitution.

Georgetown officials launched the Georgetown Slavery Archive in 2016 and put it online so that people will have access to it, because they thought it was important to help people understand the past as a way of securing the future.

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