Claiborne County, Tennessee People of Color, 1860 & 1870

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Claiborne County, Tennessee People of Color, 1860 & 1870


Tennessee; African Americans--Appalachian Region; African Americans--Southern States; African American heritage; African American slavery--Claiborne County; Slave Owners--Claiborne 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 Claiborne County, Tennessee 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 Claiborne 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 - 1870


Kathleen Kelley


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Collection Items

Slave Schedule, Claiborne County, Tennessee: 1860
1860 United States Slave Schedule of Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Claiborne County, Tennessee's 1860 Slave Schedule is a rare instance in which the local enumerator, William Graham Payne, included the names of the enslaved individuals with-in the…

Free People of Color, Claiborne County, Tennessee: 1860
1860 United States Census Records of Free People of Color in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Black & Mulatto Families, Claiborne County, Tennessee: 1870
1870 United States Census Records of Black & Mulatto residents in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
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