GREENSBORO, N.C. – September 3, 2015:  The Guilford County Register of Deeds will introduce new historical documents from the antebellum era and display them at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, beginning Sept. 10 through Oct. 31, 2015. The exhibit is titled “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County” and chronicles the dark history of slavery and human trafficking in Greensboro and surrounding areas.

The temporary ‘Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds’ display represents the launch of a larger exhibit that will delve into the deep and rich history of local families and heritages throughout the Triad. The Sept. 10 launch event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open during museum hours from Sept. 11 thru Oct. 31.

On Sept. 10 at 6 p.m., guests are invited to join local experts—historians, educators, and cultural workers—for a conversation led by historian Logie Meacham and the ICRCM exhibit host committee to explore the significance of hundreds of slave deeds uncovered by the Guilford County Register of Deeds. Official partners responsible for launching the exhibit include: Guilford County Register of Deeds; UNCG History Department Museum Studies Program; N.C. A&T State University – History Department; Guilford College – Friends Historical Collection; and Elsewhere Museum. ‘Bills of Sale’ is an official ArtsGreensboro Fabric of Freedom event. Fabric of Freedom programming, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the AJ Fletcher Foundation, and Lincoln Financial, will run throughout the National Folk Festival and 17DAYS.

John Swaine, CEO of the ICRCM said, “We are honored and humbled to work with so many prominent organizations in the community and bring these documents to the light of day. Collaborating with the Guilford County Register of Deeds to unearth and share these historical treasures has allowed us to journey back in time and secure more information and knowledge about this region’s past. The ‘Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County’ exhibit is something that everyone should see and experience, and we’re proud to house it in the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.”

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum—founded in 1993 and opened in 2010—is located in the historic 1929 F.W. Woolworth building in Greensboro, North Carolina, known for the iconic non-violent protests of the “sit-in movement” that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement of the South. The Museum complex includes 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, and features 14 signature exhibits devoted to chronicling the struggle for human and civil rights. The Museum’s focal point is the original lunch counter and stools where North Carolina A&T’s students, the “Greensboro Four” began their protest against racial segregation on Feb. 1, 1960, in Greensboro, NC. For more information, visit and follow the museum on Twitter @sitinmuseum.

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