Welcome to Guards and Pickets: Paperwork of Slavery. Here you will find fourteen documents from the Briscoe Center for American History‘s Natchez Trace Slaves and Slavery Collection. The digitized documents have been divided into five categories: “Jail Fees,” “Marriage Certificate,” “Patrol Invoice,” “Permission to Appraise,” and “Slave Passes.” You will also find essays on the paperwork of slavery, lesson plans with ideas on how to teach with these documents, and suggestions for further reading.

Henry Pass to River Road
Guards and Pickets Pass for Henry

For more information on the origins of this project, please visit the Introduction.

Thank you to Alina Scott, Joan Neuberger, Stephanie Malmros, and Aryn Glazier for support in the creation of this project.

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