Sunday, February 9, 2014

Black History Resources in HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest includes historic documents related to Black History:
  • Slave schedules from the 1850 or 1860 US Censucs. These provide counts of the number of enslaved people by state, listed by county and owner.
  • Freedman’s Bank records, showing where former slaves opened bank accounts. (Two Freedman's Banks were in Tennessee, in Memphis and Nashville.)
Here's an online tutorial on finding and using the slave schedules.

HeritageQuest is part of the Tennessee Electronic Library, provided to residents and libraries in the state by the Tennessee State Library and Archives and Tenn-Share.

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