The Enslaved Persons Project – Kickoff

Thursday, August 26, 2021

6: 00 pm
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The Wake County Register of Deed’s Office and Shaw University are partnering on a project to unlock the secrets of dozens of property deeds to help better reveal the human stories of slavery in our area. The Enslaved Persons Project is a massive effort to catalog, transcribe and make public the records from more than 30 deed books containing bills of sale and property exchanges to allow hundreds of people to track the history of their families. 
“Many people don’t realize that enslaved people were not issued birth certificates or marriage certificates, instead property deeds and bills of sale are sometimes the only written records of the lives of these men, women and children,” said Tammy Brunner, Wake County Register of Deeds. “We want to make those records accessible and searchable online, because those are someone’s great grandfather or great, great grandmother – they were people, not property.” 
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, the public is invited to Wake County’s Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh for a kickoff ceremony that will include historians, educators and real-world examples of how the records are helping piece together the histories of enslaved people and trace their paths through North Carolina.  

Read the press release on CRSJ

Hosted by:

Shaw Univeristy

This event is for:


Historic Oak View County Park

Starts on:

Thursday, August 26, 2021
6:00 pm



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