Railroad Company and Directors Slaveholding Search

In the 1850s railroads in the U.S. South held thousands of slaves and hired thousands more. Some companies carried "Negro Fund" lines on their financial statements, designating how much the company had "invested" in human property. Railroad account books, balance sheets, and annual reports give limited but useful information about company slaveholding. Railroad company directors also personally held slaves and their slaveholding was recorded in the U.S. Census. This database is a partial effort to compile in one place the scattered information about railroads and slaveholding, and it will be continually updated as new information is discovered.


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