African Americans of Tennessee

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D. FUGA for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Tennessee Family History Research series.
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African Americans of Tennessee
Native Americans of Tennessee
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Map of Tennessee

The National Archives and the DAR Library have the original and microfilm slave-owner census schedules for the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses.

To learn more about the significant black history collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, visit

The TSLA has some records of African Americans who served in the Civil War.

In addition, websites specific to Tennessee include and