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Freedmen's Bureau Journal

Identifier: SC 00664

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Scope and Contents

Diary of an unidentified employee of the Freedmen's Bureau, who was working near Norfolk and Fort Monroe, Virginia, from October 9, 1865-November 29, 1865.

A few highlights from the diary include the following: On October 13th, the writer is writing from the Tyler House at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. He describes his ocean voyage and areas that he visits, including Norfolk and Fort Monroe, giving his opinions on some topics. His job is teaching three classes at the Butler School. He is one of a number of teachers teaching over 800 students. Talks of his teaching experiences. He visits Slabtown, "a village of some 1500 Freedmen" and describes the area. He gives his opinions on the difficulty of the black population to learn how to live after being slaves, gives examples of how happy people are to be free and praises them for their efforts and achievements. He goes to church and preaches at church meetings, describes how the black congregants worship with movement and noise, visits a hospital ward at Camp Hamilton, Hampton and Newport News.


  • Creation: 1865 October 9

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, June 2005

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository