The Western Maryland Regional Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new online collection, Slaves and Free African Americans, Reports and opinions from the newspapers of Hagerstown, Washington County, and Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, 1790 to 1864. Great interest in this material by researchers and the public at large is anticipated as the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Maryland approaches in 2014.
The website presents an insight into the experiences of slaves and free African Americans in two counties, Washington and Allegany, using images from the Hagerstown and Cumberland newspapers.
This collection makes use of the work carried out by the Historic Newspaper Indexing Project of the Washington County Free Library, and the majority of these entries come from the Hagerstown newspapers. In addition some items have been included from the Cumberland newspapers, taken from Al Feldstein’s Allegany County African American History and the Alleganian from Allegany College of Maryland.