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Register of Deeds Community Interview Series

Post Date:02/14/2020 3:44 PM

Guilford County Register of Deeds partners with NC A&T State University History/Political Science Department and UNC-Greensboro’s People Not Property to Present Weekly Community Interview Series on The Slave Deeds of Guilford County Beginning Feb. 21st                                                   

The Guilford County Register of Deeds Community Innovation Lab (Co-Lab), NC A&T State University History/Political Science Department and UNC Greensboro’s People Not Property present a new 11-week Community Interview Series on "The Slave Deeds of Guilford County".

Beginning February 21st, local educators and community leaders will share their knowledge, insights and the importance of slave deeds research taking place in Guilford, Buncombe, and 24 other counties across North Carolina. Each week a new interview will be posted on social media platforms covering many themes related to understanding dynamics surrounding the institution of slavery.  

"We are pleased to partner with a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) like NC A&T on promoting the importance of understanding the institution of slavery in ways that educate and elevate the public conversation", said Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds.  “UNC-Greensboro’s People Not Property is a natural partner in this effort as well”. 

Guilford County has researched over 400 Bills of Sale of enslaved people searchable online as a resource for historians, genealogists and public. UNC Greensboro’s People Not Property Project is digitizing slave deed records across North Carolina with the goal of creating a comprehensive searchable statewide database coordinated by Dr. Claire Heckel.  People Not Property is supported by a 3-year grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

In recent years, The Register of Deeds has collaborated on The Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County Museum Exhibition with NC A&T and UNC G’s Museum Studies, International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM), High Point Museum and community organizations showcasing the stories of local families within Guilford County.

“For many African Americans there are few primary source materials to research family connections through the institution of slavery.  Slave Deeds digitization projects are providing a unique resource for researching African American history before emancipation along with the social, political and economic dynamics during that time”, said Dr. Arwin Smallwood, chair of NC &T State University’s History and Political Science Departments.  Dr. Smallwood was on the leadership team for The Bills of Sale: The Slave Deeds of Guilford County Exhibition and is currently an advisory member to UNC-G’s People Not Property Project.

The Community Interview video series covers topics of interest to Guilford and North Carolina history and offers practical tips to genealogical and historical researchers.  The theme song for the video series is ‘Blood and Bones’ from the Songs of Our Native Daughters Album from Smithsonian Folkways Recording featuring local folk singer Rhiannon Giddens. 

For more information, please go to Guilford County Register of Deeds at or UNC Greensboro People Not Property at

Videos will be posted each Friday for 11 weeks the following social media platforms:
Facebook:      Guilford County Register of Deeds
YouTube:       Guilford County Register of Deeds
Twitter:          @pplnotproperty (UNC-G’s People Not Property)

To view the Schedule click here.

To view the flyer click here.

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