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Researching the Lives of Enslaved Laborers at the State Capitol


Who were the men who built our state’s most iconic building? Although they were enslaved, they left a legacy for all North Carolinians. A team of historians at the State Capitol have been researching the enslaved workers who constructed the building during the 1830s. Learn about the archival collections that helped staff uncover stories of individual laborers. With the “From Naming to Knowing” project’s website launch, staff can now share the information they have collected about the lives of as many of those men as possible. The discussion of the multi-year research project will also provide genealogy tips for researching the lives of the enslaved.

The panel of presenters will include State Capitol Historic Site staff Terra Schramm, Kara Deadmon, and Natalie Rodriguez, and Alex Dowrey, archivist for state agency records.

The event is scheduled Wednesday, February 21, from noon to 1 p.m., and will be held on Zoom. Register in advance at the registration button above.



State Capitol, 1861, general negative collection N55.10.14, State Archives of North Carolina