People Not Property is a unique, centralized database of bills of sales from across over 13 North Carolina counties. The project includes over 10,000 documents, over 50,000 named individuals, and includes robust metadata, images, and searchable indexes.
The North Carolina Runaway Slave Notices project provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements (more than 5000 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1865. These brief ads provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and cultural world of the American slave system and the specific experience within North Carolina. The project includes digital images, full-text transcripts, descriptive metadata, and a searchable database, as well as contextual essays and an annotated bibliography.
The Race and Slavery Petitions Project contains detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites, extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, as well as from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners.