DATABASE: North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements

NC Runaway Slave DB


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The North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements project makes available some 2400 advertisements that appeared in North Carolina newspapers between 1751 and 1840. A collaboration between The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)  and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), the project builds on the work of Freddie L. Parker (Stealing a Little Freedom: Advertisements for Slave Runaways in North Carolina, 1791-1840) and Lathan Windley (Runaway Slave Advertisements)and presents digital images of the advertisements alongside full-text transcripts and additional metadata to facilitate search and discovery.

The advertisements were digitized from microfilm created by the North Carolina State Library and other sources. Staff members and student workers at UNCG and NC A&T scanned individual advertisements and then created transcripts and additional descriptive metadata. The master scans are saved as 300 dpi TIFF files on a server at UNCG and are made available to the public as JPEG access files using CONTENTdm digital content management software hosted by the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department at UNCG.

The project was funded through a 2011-2012 NC ECHO Digitization Grant. This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Featured Image Credit: “10 Dollars Reward,” Wilmington Advertiser, June 25, 1840. Reads “10 Dollars Reward. I WILL give the above reward for the apprehension of my girl Betsey, who absconded some time in March last. She is spare made, has a tooth out in front, and is about 18 years of age.–I will give a further Reward of $25 for evidence sufficient to convict any person of harbouring her. JUNIUS D. GARDNER. June 4th, 1840. 228-tf.”


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