Tag Archives: African Americans

First Wednesdays – Cohabitation Certificates

[This blog post was written by Debbi Blake, Collection Services Section Manager for the State Archives of North Carolina.] With the abolition of slavery came many questions about the rights of freedmen, one of which was how to validate marriages. … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Celebrating Freedom 1864

It had been almost fifteen months since President Lincoln made the preliminary announcement of an idea of ending slavery in the states in rebellion; it had been a year since that proclamation – the Emancipation Proclamation – was enforced.  The … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Secede from the Secession

Northeastern North Carolina, the area east of the Chowan River and north of the Albemarle Sound, fell to Union occupation during the Burnside Expedition in February 1862.  The subsequent 22 months devolved into raids by Confederate forces, cavalry expeditions by … Continue reading

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Rare Opportunity to View Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in Raleigh

[This press release comes to us via Bill Brown, Registrar for the State Archives of North Carolina. ] The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most significant documents in United States history. President Abraham Lincoln issued the document on … Continue reading

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April 13, 2013 Genealogy Workshop: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

[This event reminder is a cross-posting of a GHL Blog post.] April 13, 2013 Genealogy Workshop: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Don’t forget to join us on April 13, 2013 as staff members from the Government & Heritage Library and … Continue reading

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Free Lecture: Who Freed Who – Emancipation and 13th Amendment: February 16, 1 pm to 2 pm

The Friends of the Archives and the State Archives of North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and are sponsoring a free lecture on February 16, at 1 p.m. Please come join us! Who Freed Who: Emancipation and the 13th Amendment … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – The Emancipation Proclamation in northeastern North Carolina

In January 1863 William W. Holden, editor of the Raleigh Standard, published a letter from an unidentified woman to her husband.  The letter, written over several days, detailed events in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that occurred after the turn of … Continue reading

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Military Governor of North Carolina Edward Stanly and his call for an election

Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, upon publication of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation called for an election in the Second Senate District of North Carolina.  Stanly understood, as stated in the proclamation, that states with representation in … Continue reading

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A Species of Martial Law…

While Confederate General Robert E. Lee was dealing with the Union Army of Virginia operating in Central Virginia, the Union Army of the Potomac remained encamped around Harrison’s Landing down river from Richmond, Va. General Lee appointed Major General Daniel … Continue reading

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Women, Marriage, and the Law

It’s been a while since we’ve given you an update on materials being added to the North Carolina Digital Collections, so here’s a snapshot of what we’re currently working on: First, we’re loading Civil War materials related to Lawrence O’Bryan … Continue reading

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