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Pity on a Hill: Georgetown University's cemetery

For St. Patrick’s Day GM thought he’d broach a more somber topic than you normally see on St. Patrick’s Day. The topic: the Holy Rood Cemetery on Wisconsin Ave. This cemetery is the final resting place of generations of Irish-Americans (and other groups) who once lived in Georgetown. GM brought this up a couple years ago, but now seems like a good time to repost the article because absolutely nothing has changed since then. So without further ado, GM presents “A Pity on a Hill“:

On a hill overlooking Georgetown sits a shameful display of neglect on the part of Georgetown University: Holy Rood Cemetery. Built by Georgetown’s Holy Trinity Church in 1832, the cemetery has a strong connection to the neighborhood’s history. It is the final resting place of generations of Georgetown’s German and Irish Catholics as well as up to 1000 slaves and free Black residents.

And today it is a mess.