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Virginia Slave Name Database Connects Loved Ones

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Amy Lacey takes a look at the database and how it's helping connect people with their loved ones, Monday on 8News at 5:30.

CHESTERFIELD, VA—A database helping scholars and family historians learn more about those once enslaved in Virginia is bringing to light what was once unknown.

Called "Unknown No Longer," the database includes more than 10,000 names and 1,500 digital images of documents.

It's all part of an effort spearheaded by the Virginia Historical Society to name each person enslaved in Virginia and help people locate their loved ones on their family tree.

The database helps give insight into how slaves shaped Virginia.

The Virginia Historical Society will hold five presentations to help raise awareness about the database.

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 Monday in Chesterfield, Tuesday in Portsmouth, Friday in Richmond, Feb. 21 in Woodbridge and Feb. 23 in Midlothian.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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