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Race and Slavery Petitions Project

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Special Projects
  • Grant Amount $180,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2002–August 31, 2005
  • Location Greensboro, NC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Currently, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project possesses nearly 15,100 county court petitions and about 40,000 related documents, a total of approximately 120,000 pages of documentary evidence related to slavery. These documents represent the largest body of contemporary writing by or on behalf of southern slaves, and by or on behalf of southern free blacks.Multiyear funding will support continued collection, classification, organization and transcription of the documents. After completion, the petitions will be presented for distribution in a microfilm edition, a two-volume letterpress edition and a searchable Web site.Recent accomplishments included publishing a 23-reel microfilm edition of relevant legislative petitions in 1998; publishing a 450-page, frame-specific guide/index to the microfilm edition in 1999; publishing a selected letterpress edition, "The Southern Debate over Slavery: Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1778-1864"; and launching the Web site with database search capabilities in 2001.