Federal Writers' Project
Working with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., we produced the exhibit Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project.
This exhibit contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery, over 500 photographs and three audio recordings of former slaves.
These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). They were microfilmed in 1941 and assembled as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
This entire body of work, over 10,000 documents, is made available in this exhibit that includes a searchable database of the complete text of all of the narratives.