Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:27:00 PM
"Forever Free," a 15-minute video made by Buncombe County, N.C., Government, earned the Best of Show honors in the National Association of County Information Officers 2014 Awards of Excellence Contest.
The video was made by the Buncombe County Public Information Office in conjunction with the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office as part of an exhibit to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In every county in North Carolina, the Register of Deeds played a role in cataloging the transactions of slavery in handwritten books. Contained in these handwritten files from the early 1800s are deeds documenting the trading of slaves as property.
One of the stories highlighted in the Slave Deed exhibit is of a slave named Sarah Gudger. Ms. Gudger was born into slavery in Old Fort, N.C., but spent the majority of her life in Reems Creek. Her story is one of the only firsthand accounts of slavery in Buncombe County.
Buncombe County displays this documentation for the purpose of historical research, family genealogy, education, and to acknowledge that slavery was a part of our County's history.
For more information please go to www.buncombecounty.org/slavedeeds.
Congratulations to Buncombe County Public Information Officer Kathy Hughes and her staff for the award. Cataldo Perrone served as editor and director for the video.