Promoting Transparency


Promoting Transparency in Your County

Learn to instruct educators, students, and all community-minded leaders on how to work with local officials to bring these documents to light in all former slave holding states. This video was created by an education class at UNC Asheville with the assistance of Dr. Trey Adcock.

National Archives

People Not Property is an emerging partnership between the UNC Asheville, the University of Georgia, and Clemson University. The project will cull county deed books and abstracts across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to find records of the sale and transfer of slaves. These records will then be digitized, transcribed, and made freely available to the public for the first time.

In North Carolina, many other counties are working to add deeds to their digital systems. New Hanover County, Iredell County, and Guilford County have digitized these records so far.