Creating Searchable Online Slave Database
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011
Richmond, VA The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) recently received a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation to fund the creation of Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names. This free, online database will contain personal information about enslaved Virginians gleaned from some of the more than eight million processed manuscripts in VHS collections.
The Unknown No Longer database is the first of its kind and will serve as a national model,said VHS president and CEO Paul Levengood. ?The database will be a valuable tool for academic researchers, family historians, and genealogists alike. A website visitor could enter as much or as little information as he or she knows about a particular African American to conduct a search. The results can lead to previously unknown connections between people, families, and places.
This project is an example of both the VHS and Dominion’s commitment to using technology to increase access to historical collections and our dedication to reaching out to a diverse constituency.
The VHS will be officially launching Unknown No Longer in September 2011 with 1,000 names in the searchable database. Information in the database will be updated as relevant material in the VHS manuscript collection is processed and new documents come into VHS possession.
For more information about The Virginia Historical Society, call (804) 358-4901 or www.vahistorical.org