District of Columbia Court and Emancipation Records, 1820-1863

Images of National Archives records from three the microfilm publications. Records of the Board of Commissioners for the Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-1863, M520, 4 rolls in Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, RG 217, Records of the United States District Court for the District of [...]

Washington D.C., Pension Correspondence and Case Files of Formerly Enslaved People, 1892-1922

This database contains documents related to the ex-slave pension movement in the United States in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. The idea of providing pensions to former slaves in the United States took root after the Civil War, inspired in part by the pensions provided for veterans. The first slave pension bill was [...]