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Freedmen’s Bureau certificate for the Rent of a Schoolhouse for June 1865, Memphis, Tennessee

As Superintendent of Freedmen for West Tennessee, Captain T.A. Walker leased a schoolhouse in Memphis for the education of African Americans in June 1865. When standard school buildings were not available, the Freedmen’s Bureau rented church halls and private properties and converted other government buildings for use as classrooms.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress