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Virginia Freedman Project

VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) Professor Roice Luke and University of Richmond Associate Professor Darrell Walden are co-founders of the “Virginia Freedmen Project.” Luke and Walden presented the project and called for volunteers to take part in the digitalization of the records, which will be made available to the general public once the project is completed. Walden stated:

To be able to be one of the first folks to see those documents and to transcribe them, to be able to tell your grandchildren that you were there when the Freedmen Bureau records were extracted and indexed, I think, is a wonderful story to be able to tell in the future.

The project was created to help African-American families learn more about their family history through historical records. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, a federal agency established in 1865, assisted freed slaves in becoming citizens after the Civil War. Virginia was the last state to have its records microfilmed, but is now the first state to have them digitalized.

Visit the Virginia Freedman Project for further details and for volunteer opportunities.

ref: [Commonwealth Times]

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