College Partners With Lynchburg Public Library To Explore Legacies Of Slavery

November 26, 2023

The ledger book—kept by Seth Woodroof, a known Lynchburg slave trader in the 1830s—was a rare find. 

Found in the collection of Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, it detailed information about the enslaved people Woodroof sold.

“This information is extremely valuable,” said Garrett Reynolds ’24, a history major who is digitizing the book as part of his internship with the library. “It’s a part of Lynchburg history that isn’t often talked about.” 

In the book, Woodroof consistently used the first and last names of the enslaved and who they were sold to. It’s a unique find; most records from the time period include very little information. 

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