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Someone Knows My Name

aka: The Book of Negroes

by Lawrence Hill

Someone Knows My Name
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    Nov 2007, 512 pages
    Nov 2008, 512 pages

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  • Original copies of the Book of Negroes can be found in England at the Public Records Office, in the United States in the National Archives and in Canada in the Nova Scotia Archives. It has also been transcribed in full and made available on the Black Loyalists web site. The Book is a 150 page record containing just under 3,000 names and brief descriptions of those blacks who were to be transferred to a smattering of British-held villages in Nova Scotia. The official proclamation of freedom to slaves who would aid the British war effort came from the Virginia colony governor, Lord...

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