UNCG University Libraries received more than $200,000 in grant funding from the State Library of North Carolina to help preserve African American history. The grants are for projects that promote community engagement, provide equitable access, or support responsive organizations.
The Digital Library on American Slavery at UNCG was awarded $113,442 to expand its “People Not Property – Slave Deeds” effort. The unique centralized database of bills of sales index the names of enslaved people from across North Carolina and beyond. “People Not Property – Slave Deeds” is a collaborative effort with the North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, registers of deeds across North Carolina, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and other cultural heritage organizations. The database contains more than 13,000 documents with materials from 17 different North Carolina counties.
Another UNCG University Libraries project – “March for Justice: Documenting the Greensboro Massacre” – was awarded $92,535. The project will provide digital access to approximately 50,000 pages of material related to the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, an event in which five protestors were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
These grants are made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and are administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-253645-OLS-23).
Read more about the grants HERE.