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Loretto Roots: Loretto’s Involvement with Enslaved Persons and Educating Indigenous Children

Posted on July 26, 2022, by Loretto Community

We cannot go back, we can only go forward,
in a cyclical manner.”

Kylan Jacobs, Osage Nation

Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL assigned Annie Stevens SL and Libby Comeaux CoL a one-year project to look into Loretto’s involvement with enslaved persons and with educating Indigenous children. Annie and Libby reported on their research at a presentation to the Community July 14, 2022.

The internal dimension of the presentation was “to increase our knowledge and to claim any uncomfortable realities.” The external dimension was “to offer a sense of respect to those individuals with whom the congregation interacted and to share with their descendants any information that we may discover.”

The recording of their presentation may be viewed below. You can view the PowerPoint slides here.

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2 Comments

  1. Avatar Karen Webster Robinson on July 29, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for research provided. My Clements family history is finally known. … Transparency is the best way to move on

    • Avatar Annie Stevens SL on July 30, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      I am so glad you found this research I have been doing. I hope that more connections with more family members will be possible as the research progresses.
      Thank you for posting!

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