Recorder of Deeds announces return of 61 miscellaneous books sent to preservation specialist Kofile

These books contain slave records

Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson announced the return of the 61 miscellaneous books sent in February to Kofile, a preservation specialist. These books contain slave records.

The books contain many recordings, such as powers of attorney and sales of cattle and other goods. Staff in the office were able to find slave records dating before the Civil War. The records include bills of sale and manumissions, which is the emancipation of slavery.

A federal grant of $125,000 made preserving these books possible.

Linda Salley, president of the African American Museum, said, “It’s exciting, this is what we’ve been searching for, the true history of Bucks County. And now it will be revealed. I’m grateful to be a part of this, to share this history with all of Bucks County and the world.”

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