Freedman’s Camp

Mathew Brady's photograph of a "Camp of contrabands" near Richmond, Va., illustrates the bleak living quarters shared by many former slaves.
Mathew Brady's photograph of a "Camp of contrabands" near Richmond, Va., illustrates the bleak living quarters shared by many former slaves.

Just across the James River from downtown Richmond, Va., is Old Town Manchester, a contraband camp established in 1865. Now an organized neighborhood with a commercial district, this camp was a series of military tents set up near the Richmond-Danville Railroad.

The editors sincerely thank the knowledgeable researchers at the Valentine Richmond History Center for their help in identifying some of these landmarks and buildings.

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