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Court Slave Records for DC

Records: 7,792 · Complete: 100%

Slavery was abolished in the District of Columbia in April 1862. In order to receive compensation, loyal owners of freed slaves were required to file slave schedules. These records include emancipation papers with dates when certificates of freedom were issued to freed slaves, manumission papers that record the voluntary freeing of slaves by their owners, and case papers relating to fugitive slaves.

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Publication Title
Court Slave Records for DC
Total Records
Records: 7,792 · Complete: 100%
Content Source
The National Archives logoThe National Archives
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Published on Fold3
February 13, 2009
Last Updated
February 15, 2009
NARA M433. Records of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-63, including emancipation and manumission papers.