The Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project learns more every day about the lives and experiences of the enslaved adults and children whose unfree labor helped establish and sustain Jesuit missions and schools in places like Missouri, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisiana and Alabama. As we continue our research, we seek not only to share with descendants of people the Jesuits held in slavery what we know about their ancestors’ histories, but also to listen to and learn from them about their families’ stories, past and present. We are working to connect with living descendants of those held in bondage by the Jesuits and their institutions, not only because we want to share what we have learned, but also because we hope to work with them to find ways to create solidarity and end racism in our communities.
Invitation to Collaborate
We invite descendants, community members, scholars, Jesuits, and Jesuit institutions to join us in our effort.
If you think you might descend from people held in slavery by Jesuits, or would like to learn more, we invite you to contact us at SHMR@Jesuits.org or 314-758-7159.
Click on the links below for information on determining if you are a descendant: