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Virginia Group Offering Programs on Slave Name Database

Called "Unknown No Longer," database now includes more than 10,000 names & 1,500 digital images of documents



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    Catherine Pinkney, 92, looked over a 150-year-old slave dwelling during an event marking the restoration and preservation of the dwelling on May 9, 2005 in Upper Marlboro, Md. The dwelling, part of an active tobacco plantation in the mid 1800s, was to be restored and turned into a community center by developers who plan to build a subdivision in the area.

    The Virginia Historical Society is going on the road to spread the word about its database of slave names.

    Historical society staff will hold the first of five presentations Monday in Chesterfield on the project, which helps scholars and family historians examine the state's slave-holding past. Called "Unknown No Longer," the database -- which launched in 2011 -- now includes more than 10,000 names and 1,500 digital images of documents.

    The presentations will show how to use the database, information on slavery in Virginia and a question-and-answer session. The programs are being held during Black History Month.

    The presentations will be held Tuesday in Portsmouth, Friday in Richmond, Feb. 21 in Woodbridge and Feb. 23 in Midlothian.