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Va. Historical Society Creates Slave Name Database

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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.

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