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Slavery and the Making of the University

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Slavery and the Making of the University

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16 October 1859. Leonard Henderson to his mother.
Sunday Oct 16th 1859

Dear Mother

I will now try to answer your letter but you must not expect good writing for it is so cold that I can scarcely hold my pen for we have a room without fire as our stove has not been put up yet. I received your…

22 May 1823. "Settlement with Col. William Polk."
Colonel William Polk, a hero of the American Revolution, served on the Board of Trustees from 1790 to 1834. He was also one of Raleigh's leading citizens. As this document shows, he hired out five of his slaves to work on the construction of Old…