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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Slave advertised for sale, Milton, NC, Chronicle, 12 April 1861

Slave advertised for sale, Milton, NC, Chronicle, 12 April 1861

In place of more direct funding in its early years, the university received North Carolina's "escheats," or property that reverted to the state when owners died without heirs. The university did not operate with its own slaves, but it benefited from the rental and sale of slaves who belonged to escheated estates.