Amuse Bouche

Georgetown University Honors Anne Marie Becraft

April 17, 2018

On April 18, 2017, Georgetown University renamed Remembrance Hall (formerly McSherry Hall) after Anne Marie Becraft, a free woman of color who founded one of the first schools for black girls in Georgetown in 1820.

 

Eleven years later she became one of the country’s first black nuns with the Oblate Sisters of Providence (OSP) in Baltimore, Maryland, taking the name Sister Mary Aloysius.. The dedication of Anne Marie Becraft Hall was attended by Georgetown president John DeGioia, current students and administrators, and descendants of Becraft. Anne Marie Becraft Hall is the first building at Georgetown University to be named after a Black woman.

 

McSherry Hall was originally named after former Georgetown president Fr. William McSherry, one of the two Jesuits who played a major role in the 1838 Georgetown slave sale. In November 2015, Georgetown University announced that the name of McSherry Hall would be temporarily changed to Remembrance Hall based the recommendations of the university's Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.

 

Read more here about Emancipation Day events held at Georgetown University. 

 

 


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Tuesday Dumbarton Concerts

March 27, 2018

Mark your calendars for noonTuesdays at Dumbarton House. There's a free chamber music concert series starting April 17, 2018.

 

Concerts are held in the museum’s Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. RSVPs encouraged, but not required. 

Visit Friday Morning Music Club for more information.


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Gerald Albright Live at Blues Alley March 22-25

March 1, 2018

Saxaphone master Gerald Albright will be performing live at Blues Alley on March 22 through March 25, 2018.

 

Beginning in the late '80s, Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He first made a name for himself within the music industry during the 1980s, when he became a highly requested session musician. His revered reputation resulted in a solo contract with Atlantic Records.

Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show!

 

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Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown


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