I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted. – Frederick Douglass
Virginia acquired its first African slaves in 1619. Since then, our culture, identity, religious beliefs, and family ties have been stripped and complicated. The Virginia Historical Society has launched a slave database with over 1500 names. The database includes more than 250 pictures. This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent,” according to the society. The records date back to the 1700s.