1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 10, 2020 3:13 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking information about black slaves and the Trail of Tears

    R. Anniki Okoye Newbie

      What and where is there information about the black slaves that were involved in the Trail of Tears.

        • Re: Seeking information about black slaves and the Trail of Tears
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Ms. Okoye,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Most of the removal records located at the National Archives, such as the emigration rolls and the lists of those who stayed behind, can be found on various microfilm publications. Typically, only the head of the houseland is listed with others in the family and slaves only numbered/counted.


          Following the relocation and subsequent resettling by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the tribes fought the inclusion of the freedmen within their numbers. Therefore, the earliest efforts to list them by name was only started by the BIA in the 1880’s onward when the General Allotment Act was passed and the Dawes Commission would shortly follow.


          We suggest that you contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov and ask them to assist you with locating possible records about slaves during the Trail of Tears in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75).


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


          [Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]