Senator John Heinz History Center
African American

Free At Last?The History Center features the “Manumission Documents” in our collections – 18th and 19th century papers related to enslaved Africans and slave owners in Western Pennsylvania. These documents along with other objects will be featured in the upcoming exhibition, “From Slavery to Freedom,” slated to open in the fall of 2012.

Select documents are currently on display in the History Center’s 6th floor Library and Archives.

Digital copies are also available as part of the online exhibition, “Free at Last?,” a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and the History Center. For more information, please contact Sam Black at swblack@heinzhistorycenter.org  or 412-454-6391.


The African American Collection, comprised of archives and museum artifacts located at the History Center, is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and interpretation of the life, history and culture of Africans and African Americans in Western Pennsylvania.

In addition to the institutional operations, the African American Collection, has a committee of dedicated community volunteers, the African American Advisory Committee, that assists with educational and public programming and serves as the History Center's liaison to the African American community of Western Pennsylvania.

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