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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Listen to Sarah Gudger: Slave Narrative

Becky Stone brings the voice of former slave Sarah Gudger to life from the Federal Writers Project Slave Narratives of 1937. Listen as she describes her personal experiences with her family, owners, slave speculators, the Civil War, thoughts on emancipation, and what life was like as a slave in Buncombe County.


The Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office has opened an exhibit to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and to remember those who were enslaved and their immeasurable contributions to our community.

The exhibit, located in the lobby of 35 Woodfin Street in Downtown Asheville, will be on display through April 30. The exhibit will move to the NC Collection of the Pack Memorial Library from May 1 - July 31.

In every county in North Carolina, the Register of Deeds played a role in cataloging the transactions of slavery in handwritten books. Contained in these handwritten files from the early 1800s are deeds documenting the trading of slaves as property.

One of the stories highlighted in the Slave Deed exhibit is of a slave named Sarah Gudger. Ms. Gudger was born into slavery in Old Fort, North Carolina but spent the majority of her life in Reems Creek. Her story is one of the only first-hand accounts that we have of slavery in Buncombe County.

Buncombe County displays this documentation for the purpose of historical research, family genealogy, education, and to acknowledge that slavery was a part of the County's history.

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Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I was born when I WAS and only saw a small remnant of the cruelty our people indured. And here we are, it's not nerely as bad but still. I don't think I could have made it back then. GOD BLESS THEM FOR ALL THEY WENT THROUGH.

Cappuccino Soul said...

Isn't it something that we now have this woman's words that paint such a vivid picture of what it was like back then? It's very scary and humbling. They were very strong -- for us. And here we are! Praise God. Yes, God bless their souls.