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Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Bank

 
 
Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
1. Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Bank Marker
Inscription. Slavery denied African Americans the education and skills required to exercise the freedoms won by the Civil War. To redress this, Congress created the Freedman Bureau and Freedmanís Bank in March 1865. In Richmond, the Bureau and its Bank first operated out of two frame buildings here at 10th and Broad Streets, relocating several times before closing in 1872 and 1874 respectfully. The agencies reunited families, legalized marriages, and provided education, food, clothing, job placement, legal and other services to former slaves. The Bureauís and Bankís written records are among the earliest and most complete histories of African American heritage.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 6.)
 
Location. 37° 32.387′ N, 77° 26.008′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North 10th Street and Capitol Street, on the right when traveling south on North 10th Street. Touch for map. Vehicle access to N 10th & Capitol St is restricted. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor Edmund Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Tree Planted in Honor of
N 10th Street & Capitol Street image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
2. N 10th Street & Capitol Street
(within shouting distance of this marker); William Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Inauguration of Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Flood Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. - Freedman Bureau Records (1865-1874). Genealogy.com (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Freedmen's Bureau, 1865-1872. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationGovernment
 
Select Images from Freedmen's Bureau Records image. Click for full size.
National Archives [M1913, roll 58]
3. Select Images from Freedmen's Bureau Records
Hawkins Wilson to "Chief of the Freedmen's Bureau, at Richmond," VA, May 11, 1867

"I am anxious to learn about my sisters, from whom I have been separated many years__I have never heard from them since I left Virginia twenty four years ago__I am in hopes that they are still living and I am anxious to hear how they are getting on__"

Virginia, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Letters Received
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,572 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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