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Correspondence, Patrick Healy, S.J. (1 of 3), 1853

 File — Box: 182, Folder: 10
Identifier: 119_74_1
Correspondence, Patrick Healy, S.J. (1 of 3)
Correspondence, Patrick Healy, S.J. (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to George Fenwick, S.J., including letter from Patrick Healy to George Fenwick, November 23, 1853, alluding to his attempts to pass as white at Holy Cross College: "Father, I will be candid with you. Placed in a college as I am, near boys who were well acquainted wither by sight or hearsay with me & my brothers. . ."

Patrick Healy became a Jesuit and, in 1874, the president of Georgetown College.

A transcription of the letter is available.

**Former finding aid locations: 119_74_1; 221A**

Materials on Slavery

This letter alludes to Patrick Healy, S.J.'s racial identity and possibly his legal status. Healy was the son of an enslaved woman and a white, slave-owning father. Born in Georgia in 1834, he and his siblings were, technically, also enslaved. Healy successfully hid his mixed race identity and passed as white.


  • 1853

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From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


Repository Details

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