Lee County, Virginia People of Color, 1860 & 1870

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Lee County, Virginia People of Color, 1860 & 1870


Virginia; African Americans--Appalachian Region; African Americans--Southern States; African American heritage; African American slavery--Lee County; Slave Owners--Lee County; African American free people of color; African American families.


The following lists have been compiled in order to provide free and easy access to data regarding the population of people of color in Lee County, Virginia in the years 1860 and 1870. Although Appalachia has long been considered a (nearly) exclusively white space in popular American imagination, just the opposite was, and is, true. Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865, months following the close of the Civil War. Therefore, we have chosen to compile lists of Lee County’s population of color from the census published before and after 1865. Additionally, we have included a list of slaveholders from 1860, as well as the numbers of slaves these individuals claimed on slave schedules.


Black in Appalachia


United States Census Bureau


Black in Appalachia


1860 to 1870


Kathleen Kelley


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Collection Items

Black & Mulatto Families, Lee County, Virginia: 1870
1870 United States Census Records of Black & Mulatto residents in Lee County, Virgnia.

Slave Schedule, Lee County, Virginia: 1860
1860 United States Slave Schedule of Lee County, Virginia.

Free People of Color, Lee County, Virgnia: 1860
1860 United States Census Records of Black, Mulatto & Indigenous People of Lee County, Virginia.
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