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Students Transcribe Slave Deeds

Buncombe County Early College history students are sifting through documents that give them a snapshot of slavery in America.

"It lets us know what our past was like," says 11th-grader Jacob Craig.

American history classes are taking a close look at slave deeds, which were made available to the public online last year. The documents are handwritten and often hard to decipher.

Students are transcribing them so that future generations can read them more easily.

"A lot of the phrases and words that were used to describe the sale of one human being to another," says teacher Tim Arnold. "We're looking at how much slavery there was here. "

"It's crazy because they kind of treat people like they were just property," says student Emma King.

The hope is that other schools join in on the project to help transcribe the slave deeds.


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