Mercer University: Collaborative project identifies nearly 1,000 slave transactions in Macon from 1823-65

Mercer University: Collaborative project identifies nearly 1,000 slave transactions in Macon from 1823-65. “For years, Bibb County deed books from the 1800s sat unopened, collecting dust inside the courthouse. But since 2018, a team of researchers has been studying and cataloging their contents, which include the sale and lease of enslaved people alongside transactions of land, horses and other property. Now, those records have been digitized and a searchable database is in the works, which will allow the untold stories of these African Americans to be shared and the public to learn more about the history of their ancestors as well as Macon.”

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