In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3 wants to remind you to access all publications in its Black History Collection.
In order to make browsing these records easier, Fold3 has divided them into the categories of Slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, the World Wars, and the Civil Rights Movement. Just select the era you’re interested in to start looking through the associated photos and documents.
Some of the records contained in our Black History collection are the Danish West Indies Slave Records, Suppression of Slave Trade and Colonization records, Amistad Federal Court records, Amistad Supreme Court records, American Colonization Society records, Court Slave Records for DC, records of the Emancipation of Slaves in DC, US Colored Troops records, Negro Subversion records of the Military Intelligence Division—and many, many more.
Interesting finds in the Black History records include:
- A letter from Thomas Jefferson to the governor of Georgia about slaves running away to Florida
- A Civil War–era photograph of black laborers
- The service record of Christian A. Fleetwood of the US Colored Infantry, who earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War
- A copy of the 13th Amendment
- A 1914 newspaper article about a black man who disappeared after being taken from his bed by a group of white men
- A copy of a 1919 newspaper article about a “fiery” anti-lynching address given by a black pastor
- A photograph of 3 members of the original black fighter squadron in WWII
- A photograph of President Eisenhower meeting with black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.
- A program from the March on Washington