Freedmen's town

Freedmen's town

A freedman's town, in the United States, refers to communities built by former slaves (freedman) emancipated during the American Civil War.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment brought 4 million people out of slavery in the defunct Confederate States of America and the slaves needed a place to start over. President Abraham Lincoln created the Freedmen's Bureau to help out the freedmen, though President Andrew Johnson vetoed the continuation of the bureau in 1866 during Reconstruction.

The Fourth Ward of Houston, Texas is the location of the Freedmen's Town Historical District.

See also

* Freedmen's Bureau
* Reconstruction
* Jim Crow laws

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