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Five Generations of Enslaved Family

This searchable database includes over 18000+ records on legal documents on Africans and their Descendants.  The time period covered is before 1865. There are summaries of legal documents dating to 1721.  Last Updated: 2021.

Documents were gathered through an electronic database search using the following search terms in title or summary of the article:   African or slave or slavery or enslaved or mulattoes or enslavement or (free within one word of man woman child) or negro or (person of color) or colored or colored

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