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THE FREEDMEN SCHOOL AT COLUMBUS, KY
Columbus KY had a Freedmen School like this one in South Carolina.
THE FREEDMEN SCHOOL AT COLUMBUS, KY

"From 1866 to 1868 Columbus served as our regional center for the Freedmen's Bureau which had been formed to help the former slaves. Schools were set up for both children and adults, marriages were formally recognized, legal advice offered, courses and a savings bank established, labor contracts were negotiated and enforced, medical and food aid supplied, and disabled former soldiers were helped to obtain their pensions. The Union Army garrison at Columbus provided protection for both the Bureau's employees and for the former slaves from the hostility of most local whites.

But this proved to be only temporary..."

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