The Virginia Historical Society is creating an online database that will contain the names and personal information about formerly enslaved African-Americans.
The project is called "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." It's financed by a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation.
The free database will glean its contents from some of the more than 8 million processed manuscripts in the Richmond Society's collections.
The society says the database will be a resource for academic researchers, family historians and genealogists.