Using the Database
Data is hosted on the Nashville Open Data Portal, which presents data in a searchable and filterable spreadsheet.
To view data, click the View Data button in the upper right corner of the page.
Once you're in the data table, you can search, filter, and export data.
About the Data
The Nashville Slave and Free People of Color Database includes information (if given) such as:
- name, age, and sex of the enslaved individual;
- enslaved individual's family relationships;
- name of the slaveholder;
- where and/or to whom the enslaved individual was transferred;
- location information for the original record.
View Original Documents
If you find a record in the database and would like to see the original document, please contact us with the book and page number. We will be glad to send a digital image of the document to you, either by email or by postal mail.
Special thanks to the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Fletch Coke, and Paul Downey for their help and support with this project.