District of Columbia African Americans

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The following resources are useful for researching African Americans in the District of Columbia:


  • Caldwell, A.B., editor. History of the American Negro, Washington, D. C. Edition. Volume 6. Atlanta, Georgia: A.B. Caldwell Publishing Co., 1922. Digital version at Internet Archive. Biographies of many prominent black men and women of Washington, D.C.


  • The Bee Full-text of this African-American D.C. newspaper digitized and hosted online by the Library of Congress. Covers 1882-1884.

Slave Records

  • United States. District Court (District of Columbia). Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1863. Washington, District of Columbia : Filmed by the National Archives, 1963. FHL films 1299307–8 Indexed transcription of the "Manumission Papers, 1857-1863" portion of this collection is available at Christine's Genealogy Website.
  • Slave Emancipation Records, Washington, D.C., 1851-1863 ($) - via Ancestry.com. Original data source are the Records of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851–1863. NARA microfilm publication M433, 3 rolls. Records of the District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.