City of Fredericksburg

The Courthouse
With the arrival of the Union army in the spring of 1862, Fredericksburg area slaves by the hundreds fled to freedom. To house the refugees, the Union army transformed the basement of the city courthouse (in front of you) into a temporary barracks. A Union officer remembered that the former slaves "seemed as happy as though they owned the town." After the war, the "Freedman's Court" held session every Friday afternoon in the city courthouse, adjudicating civil cases brought by African-American citizens.
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City of Fredericksburg

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