Uncovering a Free Black Man's Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

October 20, 2014 4:42 PM

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Uncovering a Free Black Man's Past: Buying a Slave to Unite His Family

My ancestor, Lewis Freeman, was a free Negro who lived in Chatham, North Carolina from at least 1800 until his death in 1845. I would like to know when he was born. - Harold F.

When searching for family roots in the South, a researcher might assume his or her African American ancestors were slaves. While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also tru...

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