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Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County

New Exhibit Opens at High Point Museum 

The High Point Museum in partnership with the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and the Guilford County Register of Deeds recently opened a new exhibit. “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County,” will be open until April 15.
 
In 2015, the Register of Deeds made these slave deeds, dating from 1774 to 1826, available online. These deeds show transactions concerning men, women, and children of color. The records provide opportunities to reflect on the inhumanity of the trade in people, but they also open research avenues for those looking for family connections.
 
Nine deeds are on display and each one has been transcribed. The exhibit includes photos, books and other documents related to the Slave Deeds.
 
A section on our website is devoted to this exhibit. Visitors can learn more about this exhibit, all of the programming, schedule a tour and find links to resources for individuals doing family research and for teachers doing class projects. 

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Exhibit Programming

Sunday, February 12, 3 pm to 4 pm
Slave Research: An In-Depth High Point Case Study
1st Floor Morgan Room, High Point Library
Heritage Research Center staff will focus on a family who settled in High Point just after slavery ended and trace it back to its plantation roots. The idea is to empower participants with knowledge about how to analyze plantation, estate, court, deed, and other records in order to develop a fuller picture of pre-1865 African American ancestors. 
 
Wednesday, February 15, 10 am
High Point Museum Guild Meeting

Mary A. Browning, prominent local historian and genealogist, will discuss George C. Mendenhall’s struggle to disentangle himself from slavery in spite of restrictive laws enacted in North Carolina, widespread hostility of fellow citizens, and divisions within the Mendenhall family. She will also discuss efforts to trace Mendenhall’s freedmen and their descendants.

Saturday, February 25, 1 pm to 2 pm
The Digital Library on American Slavery
The Digital Library on American Slavery contains unique, detailed information extracted from legislative and county court petitions, runaway slave ads, slavery-era insurance registries, slave deeds, and slave trade voyages. In his presentation, Richard Cox, Digital Technology Consultant at UNC-Greensboro Libraries, will demonstrate how to search the database and review what can be found within all of that information.

Family Game Night

Join Us for Family Fun

Friday, February 17, 5 pm to 7 pm
Join the High Point Museum for a fun evening of all sorts of games featuring card and board games along with scavenger hunts and Pokemon Go. We’ll also be playing “The Challenge High Point” game from the 1980s. This free event will be fun for children of all ages. Pizza, snacks, prizes and more await!

Blacksmith

Pastimes in the Park

Visit our Historical Park Saturdays, February 11 and 25 to watch our costumed blacksmith conducting demonstrations. On Saturday, February 18
come see our costumed interpreters bake bread and make butter in the Hoggatt House.  
Both of these drop-in programs are free and are held from 10 am to 4 pm. 

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