Early Tarboro Newspapers Now Available Online

A 20-year run of the Tarboro Free Press is now available in the North Carolina Newspapers collection. Nearly 1,000 issues spanning the years 1824 to 1844 can now be searched and browsed online.

The paper was originally published in Halifax, N.C., before moving after several years to Tarboro, at the time one of the commercial centers of eastern North Carolina. It is a typical paper of the era in that contains primarily excepts from other publications, speeches, legal announcements, and advertisements. The quality of the images of this paper is very good, especially considering its age. This has resulted in a more accurate machine transcription of the text, which should be especially useful for researchers looking for specific names and phrases.

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