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Slave Historian Gwendolyn Midlo Hall dead at 93

Historian of colonial-era Louisiana, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, 93, has died leaving behind an invaluable database of enslaved people numbering more than a hundred of thousand.

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, was a New Orleans-born historian who revolutionized finding the ancestry of slaves in Louisiana by combining computer technology with courthouse records throughout the state.

Hall compiled a database of over 100,000 enslaved people, with names, genders, ages, occupations, health, ethnicity, and prices paid for them.


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