Sarah Gudger’s Journey to Freedom

Sarah Gudger was born September 15, 1816. She lived in Buncombe County as an enslaved person for more than 50 years. In May of 1937, at the age of 121, Sarah was interviewed by the Federal Writers Project and her Story was captured forever. Her Oral History is one of only a few primary sources of information researchers have to study African American Slavery in western North Carolina from the point of view of those who lived it. You can view this story map to follow the life story of Sarah Gudger, as she told it, and through her, learn about the lives of thousands of other enslaved people of western North Carolina.

Sarah Gudger’s Journey to Freedom

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